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REPORT: Why people pay for news?

The American Press Institute has published a new research on paying for news. The report is conducted by The Media Insight Project. In-depth interviews in addition to a survey with news consumers were conducted. The study finds that slightly more than half of all U.S. adults subscribe to news, including subscribing to newspapers or magazines, … Continued

ARTICLE: Provocation narratives introduce political bias in international news

Sandrine Boudana and Elad Segev, both of Tel Aviv University, explore the use of provocation narratives and how those narratives introduce political bias in international news. They aim to demonstrate that journalists tend to use provocation narratives selectively in reference to certain “bad guys.” A network analysis shows that United States and North Korea were the … Continued

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ARTICLE: Journalists value research more than journalism educators do

It is more common for working journalists to think academic research is important to journalism than it is for journalism educators, write John Wihbey, of Northeastern University, and Mark Coddington, of Washington and Lee University. The authors surveyed 1 521 American journalists and journalism educators over their attitudes towards academic research and statistical literacy. Majority … Continued

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ARTICLE: On US newspapers, female nipples are bad

American newspapers usually mention the female nipple only in negative connections, write Mary Angela Bock, Paromita Pain and JhuCin Jhang, all of University of Texas at Austin. The authors analysed 2 516 news articles that mentioned breasts, published by ten large US newspapers over the course of one year. The authors were especially interested in … Continued

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ARTICLE: Most journalists use Twitter for brand-building

Majority of American journalists’ Twitter profiles contain branding elements, write Logan Molyneux, of Temple University, Avery Holton, of University of Utah, and Seth C. Lewis, of University of Oregon. The authors analyzed a representative sample of US-based journalists’ Twitter accounts (N=384) and their most recent tweets (N=1903). The journalists’ Twitter biographies almost always (80 per … Continued

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ARTICLE: “Horse race coverage” increases political polarization

Framing a policy issue as a conflict between parties increases the readers’ political polarization, Jiyoung Han and Christopher M. Federico, both of University of Minnesota, write. The authors conducted two experiments, one with college students and one with adults, with a total of 455 Americans. The participants in both experiments were shown news stories about … Continued

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ARTICLE: The news will find you, but that might not make you wiser

Even in a saturated online media environment, active seeking for news is needed for learning about politics, write Homero Gil de Zúñiga, of the University of Vienna, Brian Weeks, of the University of Michigan, and Alberto Ardèvol-Abreu, of the Universidad de La Laguna. Their article studies the concept of news-finds-me perception, i.e. “the extent to … Continued

ARTICLE: Who gets covered?

The decision of whose opinions to give voice to is an especially consequential one in American politics, write Michael W. Wagner, of University of Wisconsin–Madison, and Mike Gruszczynski, of Austin Peay State University. The authors study whether journalists are more likely to give attention to members of Congress who are more ideologically extreme. They also … Continued

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ARTICLE: Public service news are more diverse than commercial

News published online by public service broadcasters provide more diversity than news published by other types of news organisations, Edda Humprecht and Frank Esser, both of University of Zurich, write. The authors analysed 1 660 political news articles, published by 48 news organisations in six countries: United States, United Kingdom, France, Italy, Germany, and Switzerland. … Continued

Post-industrial journalism in metropolitan newsrooms - Nikki Usher interview

VIDEO: Post-industrial journalism in metropolitan newsrooms

Nikki Usher, Assistant Professor at The George Washington University, told us about her work. She has recently finished a book called ‘Interactive Journalism’ (find info about the book behind this link). Usher’s current work will focus on post-industrial journalism in newsrooms, looking at the connection of material and digital production. She is asking whether journalism … Continued