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ARTICLE: Newspapers’ front pages have less news than before

American newspapers’ front pages have become more magazine-like since 1988, Miki Tanikawa, of Akita International University, writes. Tanikawa analysed a sample of three newspapers’ front pages from between 1988 and 2013. The sample covered The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, and the International Herald Tribune. Over time, the number of “straight news” declined on … Continued

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ARTICLE: Consuming news from multiple platforms is good for civic engagement

Logan Molyneux, of Temple University, examined how civically engaged individuals consume various types of news content across multiple platforms. The data was collected using an online survey for US adults, 1500 participants answering questions about their news consumption habits, civic and political participation, and demographic information. The study asked about the use of six platforms: … Continued

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ARTICLE: Political news sites attract ideologically diverse audiences

Partisan selective exposure to news or echo chambers seems not to be the main driver for political polarization, a new study finds. Researchers Jacob L. Nelson and James G. Webster, of Northwestern University, studied audience behaviour on political news sites in the United States. They used comScore data tracking audiences’ behaviours, looking at ideological profiles … Continued

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ARTICLE: Fear of surveillance causes journalists to change their ways

The threat of governmental surveillance, or the “Big Brother feeling”, causes journalists to change their behaviour both in their work life and in private. Stephenson Waters, of University of Florida, interviewed seven American journalists, who are specialized in reporting on national security issues. None of Waters’ interviewees had any evidence of personally being monitored, but … Continued

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ARTICLE: Age and gender of political journalists influence interaction on Twitter

Millenials are described as more interactive online than older generations. This was not the case in a new study on political journalists. John H. Parmelee, Nataliya Roman, Berrin Beasley and Stephynie C. Perkins, all of the University of North Florida, examined how journalists’ age and gender influence their interactivity on Twitter. The authors did a … Continued

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ARTICLE: Health journalism not prioritized in Native American news media

Health news is needed and valued by the Native American communities in the US, but coverage about the topic is insufficient. Sherice Gearhart and Oluseyi Adegbola, of Texas Tech University, and Teresa Trumbly-Lamsam, of the University of Nebraska at Omaha (authors not in original order), studied reporting about health in media outlets serving Native American … Continued

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ARTICLE: Millenials’ definition of “news” is becoming broader

The so-called Millenial generation considers as “news” a wider selection of information than what journalists and scholars usually do. This finding is reported by Natalia Rulyova, of University of Birmingham, and Hannah Westley, of The American University of Paris. The authors analysed the media diaries of 189 university students from Russia, France, United Kingdom, and … Continued

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ARTICLE: Live-blogged news are harder to follow

Live-blogging is an increasingly popular, speedy genre of online news delivery. The format, however, is more difficult to follow than the traditional “inverted pyramid”, Angela Lee, of University of Texas at Dallas, writes. Lee conducted an online experiment with 220 Americans, in which they were presented with either live-blogged or inverted pyramid versions of news … Continued

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ARTICLE: Social media users have more varied news diets

Social media users engage with more news sources per week than non-users do, write Richard Fletcher and Rasmus Kleis Nielsen, both of University of Oxford. The authors analysed survey data from Italy, Australia, United Kingdom and United States, gathered originally for the 2015 Reuters Institute’s Digital News Report. The respondents were divided into three groups … Continued