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ARTICLE: Deciding which news to trust among competing narratives in Ukraine

With contradictory strategic narratives from different parties and governments, propaganda and disinformation, Ukraine’s news media environment has been a difficult one to analyze properly. Joanna Szostek of Royal Holloway, University of London, investigated how Ukrainian people decide where to get their news and what to believe. The author gathered 30 audio-diaries and in-depth interviews with … Continued


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REPORT: No clear rules for covering the Ukrainian conflict

Ukrainian journalists are ambivalent about covering the East-Ukrainian conflict, writes Dariya Orlova of the Ukrainian NGO Detector Media. A research led by Orlova interviewed 30 Ukrainian journalists and conducted two focus groups (with additional 17 reporters) regarding their practices, ideology, and guidelines. Ukrainian journalists seem to not have an overarching set of guidelines regarding journalistic … Continued


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ARTICLE: Four roles of war reporters on Twitter

The new environment of war correspondents is characterised by instant messaging, borderless interaction and information warfare. Markus Ojala and Mervi Pantti of the University of Helsinki and Jarkko Kangas of the University of Tampere studied how correspondents enact their professional roles in various ways via Twitter. The authors studied the tweets of three Finnish war … Continued


REPORT: Ethics of journalism under financial pressure

A new, overarching agreement on journalism’s rules of conduct and transparency is sorely needed, writes Aidan White, of Ethical Journalism Network. White is the editor of a recently published study detailing the state of journalism in 18 countries. Untold Stories: How Corruption and Conflicts of Interest Stalk the Newsroom focuses on the restrictive aspects of … Continued