JOURNALISM RESEARCH NEWS

Weaponized memes: the case of Pepe the Frog

New article “Weaponizing Memes: The Journalistic Mediation of Visual Politicization” by Chris Peters from Roskilde University and Stuart Allan from Cardiff University develops the concept of “mimetic weaponization” for journalistic theory by focusing on the example case of Pepe the Frog, a meme widely used by alt-right. The term meme originates from Richard Dawkins, who … Continued


Research of May 2021

Here is a list of all academic peer-reviewed articles, reports and other papers published in May 2021 about journalism research. The bolded titles link to JRN articles written about the studies.



Consequences of cost-cutting strategies in newsrooms

New study “From One Division of Labor to the Other: The Relation between Beat Reporting, Freelancing, and Journalistic Autonomy” by Sarah van Leuven,  Bart Vanhaelewyn and Karin Raeymaeckers of Ghent University in Belgium surveyed Belgian journalists in 2013 and 2018 about the consequences of cost-cutting in newsrooms. The authors focused their study on consequences to … Continued


Use of conservative summary sites linked to hostile media perception

New study “Anti-media expression by citizens: conservative summary sites, hostile media perceptions, and media trust in Japan” by Masahiro Yamamoto and Hyerim Jo of University at Albany, State University of New York, and Weina Ran of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute examines the links between anti-media messages, hostile media perceptions, and media trust.  The authors hypothesize that … Continued


Research of April 2021

Here is a list of all academic peer-reviewed articles, reports and other papers published in April 2021 about journalism research. The bolded titles link to JRN articles written about the studies.


Emotionalizing news topics and the effect of constructive television journalism

The study “The Impact of Constructive Television Journalism on the Audience: Results from an Online Study” by Roman Rusch and Erk Simon of West German Broadcasting Kim Otto of University of Würzburg, and Detlef Flintz of West German Broadcasting, investigated the impact of constructive television journalism on the minds and emotions of its viewers. In … Continued


Visual journalists’ perceptions on impact of images

A new study “The Power of Images? Visual Journalists’ Assessment of the Impact of Imagery” by Nicole Smith Dahmen, Kaitlin C. Miller and Brent Walth, all of University of Oregon, contributes to the topic of journalistic images. The authors surveyed known visual journalists for their experiences and perceptions on images and their impact. Visual imagery … Continued


How media outlets and Internet companies fight deepfakes

The new article “Fighting Deepfakes: Media and Internet Giants’ Converging and Diverging Strategies Against Hi-Tech Misinformation” by Ángel Vizoso, Martín Vaz-Álvarez, and Xosé López-García, all of University of Santiago de Compostela in Media and Communication, looks at how three media outlets and three Internet-based companies deal with a new form of misinformation: deepfakes. Deepfake is … Continued