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ARTICLE: Fractured news reading on smartphones is supplemented by other platforms

A commonly cited truism is that smartphones are fracturing news reading into fast, intermittent spates of attention – so-called “snacking” or “grazing” on news. But is this really the case, asks Logan Molyneux, of Temple University. Molyneux conducted two online surveys, to which over 2 600 Americans responded. The author expected the audience to spend … Continued

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ARTICLE: Competencies of a good interviewer

Serena Carpenter, Anthony Cepak & Zhao Peng, all of Michigan State University, investigated the rarely studied topic of interviewing. Researchers interviewed nine experienced journalists and eleven journalism educators in the United States. The results show the potential complexity of interactions that occur during interviews. The study presents 10 possible journalistic interviewing competencies: listening interaction management … Continued

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ARTICLE: American journalists conflicted by mass shooting coverage

American journalists are largely satisfied by the way mass shootings are covered, while they still see room for improvement. The journalists’ attitudes were studied by Nicole Smith Dahmen and Jesse Abdenour, both of University of Oregon, with Karen McIntyre, of Virginia Commonwealth University, and Krystal E. Noga-Styron, of Central Washington University. The authors surveyed 1 … Continued

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ARTICLE: Skeptic post-Millenials like opinionated journalists, but don’t trust them

How does the post-Millenial generation assess the Twitter behaviour of journalists compared to celebrities and opinionators? Jasun Carr, of Idaho State University, and Mitchell Bard, of Iona College, conducted an online experiment with 310 American college students. The participants were first surveyed over their demographics and their tendency to skepticism. Then they were presented with … Continued

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ARTICLE: The construction of balance in TV coverage of UK EU referendum

Impartiality of news during political campaining should mean more than just balancing opposing sides. Stephen Cushion and Justin Lewis, of Cardiff University, studied how impartiality was editorially constructed and interpreted in television news coverage during the UK 2016 European Union referendum campaign. Authors did a systematic content analysis of main evening news bulletins during the … Continued

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ARTICLE: What affects politicians’ media reputations?

How are political leaders treated by newspapers, and how does that affect the leaders’ popularity? Daniel Stevens, of University of Exeter, and Barbara Allen, of Carleton College compared the United States and United Kingdom by examining their leaders’ press coverage and election success. The authors wanted to test three different theories. Reinforcement: opposition supporters and … Continued

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ARTICLE: Information overload makes readers willing to pay for news

People who feel overloaded by news information are more willing to pay for news, write Sun Kyong Lee and Nathan J. Lindsey, both of University of Oklahoma, with Kyun Soo Kim, of Chonnam National University. The authors surveyed 1 001 Americans over their news consumption habits, views on news, and their “perceived news information overload”. … Continued