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ARTICLE: Data journalism epistemology in Wales, Scotland, and N-Ireland

How do data journalists lay claim to the truth? Eddy Borges-Rey, of University of Stirling, investigated the “epistemology of data journalism” in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, which he calls the “devolved nations of the United Kingdom”. Borges-Rey interviewed nine data journalists or data journalism editors who produce localized content in or for the aforementioned … Continued


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REPORT: Source protection in the UK must be strengthened

New legal and technical developments have made British journalists more vulnerable to spying by the state, a recent report states. It is based on a meeting of 25 “investigative journalists, representatives from relevant NGOs and media organisations, media lawyers and specialist researchers”. The report was prepared by the Information Law & Policy Centre, affiliated with … Continued


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ARTICLE: For audience engagement, print is still king

Audiences to United Kingdom’s largest news brands still overwhelmingly consume their news via print, Neil Thurman, of both Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich and University of London, discovered. Thurman used a novel combination of audience data to compare the time spent with different news brands and delivery platforms. Eleven of UK’s largest newspaper brands were … 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


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ARTICLE: Media delegitimized the UK miners’ strike of 1984-1985

Media representation of the UK miners’ strike in 1984-1985 served to delegitimize the strikers’ demands and legitimize the government’s strict response, Christopher Hart, of Lancaster University, writes. Hart analysed the strike’s coverage in eight UK newspapers around six crucial moments. All investigated newspapers framed the strike as “war”, Hart discovered. Some did so explicitly (for … Continued


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ARTICLE: The plurality of Muslim sources in British news media

Previous research has characterized media organizations as institutions which portray Muslims in a quite monolithic way, argues Michael B Munnik of Cardiff University. In his new article, Munnik proposes that the process of representation in more complex. In the qualitative study Munnik conducted ethnographic interviews and participant-observation in Glasgow between 2012 and 2014, studying both … 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