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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


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ARTICLE: UK reporters have not adapted to threats towards information security

Edward Snowden’s revelations and the acts in 2014 by the United Kingdom’s Metropolitan Police have brought the issues of source protection and information security close to the everyday practice of reporters. Paul Bradshaw of Birmingham City University investigated awareness and actions of regional journalists on information security issues. Author conducted 76 face-to-face surveys and 10 … Continued


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ARTICLE: News on corruption differ by country and paper

Newspapers’ coverage of corruption is different in different countries – and in different papers, a study by Paolo Mancini, Marco Mazzoni, Rita Marchetti, all of University of Perugia, and Alessio Cornia from University of Oxford (names not in original order). The authors algorithmically analysed over 100 000 news articles from Italy, France, and the United … Continued



ARTICLE: Science news in Denmark and the UK

While the United Kingdom media market is large, open and complex, science news in Denmark works under different conditions, write Gunver Lystbaek Vestergaard and Kristian Hvidtfelt Nielsen, of Aarhus University. They compare science news in the UK and Denmark in order to locate small versus large country anomalies through content analysis. Results show that UK … Continued


PAPER: Political scandals in Finland and in the UK

On today’s turbulent media stage, political scandals represent great drama. They are important, because they touch political power directly, writes Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism journalist fellow Anne Moilanen. In her paper she compares Finnish and British political scandals and analyses how the scandal processes differ in Finland and in the UK. The author conducted semi-structured interviews … Continued