ARTICLE: TV journalists strongly support contextual reporting

Contextual news stories focus on the “big picture” rather than “just the facts”, write Jesse Abdenour, of University of Oregon, Karen McIntyre, of Virginia Commonwealth University, and Nicole Smith Dahmen, of University of Oregon. The authors surveyed TV journalists about their work approach and their attitudes toward and experiences with contextual reporting. The views were then … Continued

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ARTICLE: In Chile, TV is better for democracy than newspapers

Chilean television news provide more civic and watchdog journalism than newspapers do, write Daniel C. Hallin, of University of California San Diego, and Claudia Mellado, of Pontifical Catholic University of Valparaíso. The authors analysed the news output of two Chilean newspapers and two television channels. The authors sought signs of three types of “journalistic role … Continued

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ARTICLE: Fox News should not be considered as journalism

Scholarship on journalism often includes the American cable channel Fox News, but in reality the channel’s output is best described as propaganda rather than journalism, Mitchell T. Bard, of Iona College, argues. The author analysed the channel’s three prime time current affairs programs, The O’Reilly Factor, Hannity, and On the Record with Greta Van Susteren. … Continued

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ARTICLE: American TV stations are going “social media first”

Majority of local American television stations are taking a “social media first” approach to publishing news, write Anthony C. Adornato, of Ithaca College, and Suzanne Lysak, of Syracuse University. The authors surveyed 131 American news directors working in local TV. Most stations (78 per cent) have a written social media policy, and additional 17 per … Continued


CFP | 15.4. | Where is the critic in television journalism?

The Centre for Media and Celebrity Studies (CMCS) conference “Bridging Gaps: Where is the Critic in Television Journalism” is calling for papers. The conference will be held August 31 to September 1, 2017 in New York City, USA. 250-word abstracts or workshop / roundtable proposals should be sent via email. Abstract deadline 15 April 2017. … Continued

ARTICLE: The emotionality of reporting crisis

Johana Kotišová, of Université de Liège and Masaryk University, explores how crisis reporters’ emotions are articulated by the processes of crisis reporting. The focus is on reporting refugee crisis and the 13 November Paris terrorist attacks by Czech Television. The study is based on observation in newsrooms and semi-structured interviews with journalists. The results show … Continued

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ARTICLE: No more “stopwatch” impartiality on UK television?

Major news bulletins were not – in quantitative terms – impartial during the 2015 UK General Election, write Stephen Cushion, of Cardiff University, and Richard Thomas, of both Cardiff and Leeds Trinity universities. The authors analysed the main newscasts on five TV channels during the election campaign (from March 30th to May 6th 2015), and … Continued


CFP: 1968 in the Media

A one-day seminar on the media coverage of the events of 1968 is now looking for contributions. The seminar will take place on the 20th of March 2017 in Paris, France. The event is organized by the International Federation of Television Archives and hosted by The French National Center for Scientific Research. The organisers have … Continued

ARTICLE: New video tools for television news

New technologies and available infrastructure present new opportunities for live transmission of news, writes Frode Guribye, of University of Bergen. The study explores new video tools for television news and reports on the practice of live news reporting at the professional news broadcaster TV 2 in Norway. Six journalists and photographers were interviewed for the study. … Continued

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ARTICLE: Journalists use statistics often, but poorly

The way statistics are used in journalism is in most cases inadequate, write Stephen Cushion, Justin Lewis, and Robert Callaghan, all of Cardiff University. The authors analysed nearly seven thousands UK news stories on television, radio, and the internet. Over one-fifth (22 per cent) of the analysed news made reference to statistics. In some subject … Continued