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ARTICLE: Financial journalism is limited in its influence

After the global financial crisis in 2007-2008, financial journalism has often been criticized for not fulfilling its role as a watchdog for businesses and the financial sector. Nadine Strauß of the University of Amsterdam, examined the role of financial journalists in financial markets in today’s high-frequency information and news era. She surveyed 40 US financial … Continued


ARTICLE: TV and search engines people’s first choices for political information

Where do people choose to get political information, and how much do they learn from it? Researchers analyzed data from a national sample of U.S. adults from 2011 and 2012, measuring for political knowledge of the respondents. Internet searches have come to rival television news as a source of political information, the authors state. 35% … Continued


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ARTICLE: Work in broadcasting still requires suppressing “blackness”

African-American broadcast journalists still feel pressure to downplay their natural features in order to fit in the newsroom, Indira S. Somani and Natalie Hopkinson, both of Howard University, write. The authors interviewed 23 black, American broadcast journalists over their experiences. Many of the interviewees described feeling pressure to change their appearance towards a more White … Continued


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ARTICLE: Science journalism has gotten worse

News articles on biomedical studies have since the year 2000 used more hyperbolic headlines and more frequently omitted replication statements, a team of University of Bordeaux researchers found. Estelle Dumas-Mallet, Andy Smith, Thomas Boraud and François Gonon analysed over 400 news stories on biomedical research, published globally between 1988 and 2009. First the authors selected … Continued



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ARTICLE: Female television journalists have stricter norms for appearance

Female television journalists adhere to more strict norms of beauty than their male colleagues, a team of researchers writes. Mary Angela Bock, Lourdes Miriam Cueva Chacón, Heloisa Aruth Sturm and Ever J. Figueroa, all of University of Texas, with Hyeri Jung, of Eastern University (names not in original order) studied the publicity photos of American … Continued


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ARTICLE: A look at the intense working conditions of digital journalists

What is it like to work in a digital newsroom nowadays? Nicole S. Cohen of the University of Toronto Mississauga, interviewed 12 digital journalists in Canada and United States during 2015 about their daily work and working conditions. Job descriptions for digital journalists are varying, as was also evident in this study. For many, their … Continued



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ARTICLE: Political views influence how individuals perceive partisan news media brands

How do people’s political ideology affect perceptions of news media brand personality? Danny D. E. Kim of the University of Pennsylvania, analysed 588 survey responses in the US across the dimensions of aggression, heroism and warmth. Political ideology has little impact with regard to mainstream media, the author found. However, there were significant differences for … Continued


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ARTICLE: The future of American small market newspapers is not all doom and gloom

Talk about “the newspaper industry” is too general, a team of scholars argue. Most American papers are what the team terms “small market newspapers”, yet the public discourse is often dominated by the woes of few but prominent metropolitan and national newspapers. As a remedy, the scholars interviewed 56 experts -including executives, editors, journalists, researchers, … Continued