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ARTICLE: African American papers invest in online presence and free circulation

The paid circulation of African American newspapers has since 1993 declined, and they are instead circulated increasingly as freesheets, write Stephen Lacy and Daniel Krier, both of Michigan State University, with Sandra L. Combs, of Arkansas State University (names not in original order). The authors gleaned data regarding African American papers from the Editor & … Continued


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ARTICLE: Change of ownership increased political content in the front pages of Wall Street Journal

Relatively more political stories were being promoted after Rupert Murdoch took over the Wall Street Journal (WSJ), a study by Allison M. Archer, of the University of Richmond, and Joshua Clinton, of Vanderbilt University, shows. They examined how ownership influences media behavior by researching the impact of Murdoch’s purchase of the newspaper in August 2007. … Continued


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PAPER: Some fake news stories persisted longer than others

There were geographic and time-related trends in consumption of fake news prior to the US presidential election. Adam Fourney, Miklos Z. Racz,  Gireeja Ranade, Markus Mobius and Eric Horvitz, all of Microsoft Research, analyzed traffic to websites known for publishing fake news in the months preceding the 2016 presidential election. Researchers used instrumentation data from … Continued




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ARTICLE: Americans want more objectivity and less interpretation

Do journalists and their audience agree on what journalism should be like? The question was investigated by Lars Willnat, of Syracuse University, with David H. Weaver and G. Cleveland Wilhoit, both of Indiana University-Bloomington. The authors compared the results from two surveys with American journalists (N=1080) and members of the public (N=1230). The surveys inquired, … Continued


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ARTICLE: Environmental narratives work better when they resonate with people’s orientations

Fuyuan Shen and Lee Ahern of Pennsylvania State University, and Jiangxue Han of Appalachian State University, studied how individuals’ environmental orientations moderate how people perceive environmental news. The researchers did an experiment in which they made 88 students read either a narrative or informational newspaper article on the environmental consequences of shale gas drilling in … Continued


REPORT: Local journalism remains important

Local news outlets are facing the same challenges as their larger counterparts: declining revenues, smaller newsrooms and shuttered titles. New report by UO School of Journalism and Communication Agora Journalism Center, explores the practice of local journalism in the Pacific Northwest. The report is written by Damian Radcliffe, of University of Oregon. The study covers 10 news outlets and … Continued


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ARTICLE: Indirect media bribery common at local and regional levels in US media

The non-transparency of media is related to the issues of native advertising and content marketing. Katerina Tsetsura and Kelsie Aziz, both of University of Oklahoma, surveyed 287 members of the Public Relations Society of America on media transparency practices. According to the results, media bribery is not a pressing issues in the United States. New … Continued