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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


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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


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ARTICLE: Print and broadcast journalists still don’t get along

Newspaper and television journalists continue to distrust each other, Vincent Filak, of University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, writes. Filak surveyed 191 US journalists over their thoughts on newsroom convergence, and compared those results to an earlier study from 2004. The respondents were presented with hypothetical plans to converge print and broadcast operations. Both groups of journalists viewed … Continued


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CFP: The future of Canada’s native people’s broadcasting

A series of symposia on the topic of broadcasting and Canada’s native peoples is looking for contributions. Six regional gatherings and a three-day conference will be organised under the title “The future of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis broadcasting: Conversation & convergence”. The series of events is intended to vitalize discussion in advance of an … Continued


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ARTICLE: Local US TV stations embrace user generated content

A vast majority of news directors at local, American television stations view user generated content (UGC) favourably, write Rita Colistra and Eva Buchman, both of University of West Virginia, with Kevin Duvall, an independent scholar. The authors surveyed a total of 59 news directors over their thoughts on UGC and their stations’ UGC policies. Most … Continued


ARTICLE: Investigative television journalists’ perceived roles

Which factors are most important in explaining differences in role perceptions among television investigative journalists, ask Jesse Abdenour and Daniel Riffe, of UNC-Chapel Hill. The authors conducted survey on investigative reporters at local TV news stations in the United States. The analysis revealed five functions describing investigative journalists’ perceived roles: adversarial, interpretive, entertainer, traditionalist, and mobilizer. Local … Continued


ARTICLE: Infotainment prevails both on public and private TV

Technical features of “infotainment”, such as montages and camera pans, are present in different types of television news, write Amanda Alencar, of the Erasmus University Rotterdam, and Sanne Kruikemeier, of University of Amsterdam. The authors compared prime time newscasts on a total of six television channels from Spain, Ireland, and the Netherlands. Two channels, one … Continued


ARTICLE: Female experts on UK broadcast news programmes

Four times as many males as females appeared as experts on flagship television and radio news programmes in the United Kingdom as of the early 2010s, write Lis Howell and Jane B. Singer, both of University of London. They explore the reasons behind this disparity. Analysis is based on monitoring of broadcast newscasts, interviews and questionnares among … Continued