FAQ that never were asked, 3/3: How everything works

A lot of what we do here is self-explanatory, but some things are not. For example, comments are permanently closed not due to inflammatory comments, but to direct conversation to our Facebook group1 and page2. The page is used for our updates and announcements, the group for general discussion over journalism research.

This post is meant as a quick overview of the rest of our peculiarities.

Story categories

At the moment, we publish three types of texts: news, events and trends. They each have their own colour-coded categories. The links to them, you can find, at the top of your screen. All story types appear on the front page, with the newest text always at the top.

Trends: This page/text is in the trends category. Trends are longer, and they usually provide a broad overview of a certain issue.

Events: are overviews of upcoming events, usually containing our favourite picks of the program. Events may also be conference reports, if and when we have someone on the scene.

News: the most high-volume category comprises news stories. They are short texts that usually convey some of the core ideas presented in an article, report, call for papers – or any other item we deem worthy.

Content source indicators

The headlines of most news or event stories start with a single word in capital letters, separated from the actual headline by a colon. This word signifies the nature of the text’s source.

BOOK refers to findings presented in a single, peer-reviewed volume.

ARTICLE refers to information originating from a peer-reviewed journal article.

REPORT stands for any non-peer-reviewed research, such as those from NGO’s.

CFP means calls for papers, pending invitations to contribute to a conference, symposium, workshop, book, journal or the like.

TEASER e.g. ECREA2014 Few days before an event starts, we publish a teaser piece on it. The headline is preceded by the commonly used Twitter hashtag for the event (with the actual # omitted).

Tagging policy and tags

We try to use as few different tags as possible, and we keep a list of approved tags to make sure new ones don’t get hastily introduced. Every tag we’ve ever used is shown on the tag cloud, on the edge at the right of the screen. The following guidelines regulate our tagging policy.

Mostly tags are named after common noun research subjects. For example, “newspapers” is a tag while “New York Times” is not.

Country names are only used as tags when the source material suggests nationally generalizable findings. A series of interviews with German journalists will not be tagged with “Germany”, unless the authors suggest the results are representative of all German journalists.

Names of individuals/people or institutions are not used as tags. But organization names are used as tags, when the text is directly about that specific institution and not about research conducted by it. Typically this tag is used in nomination news.

Names of theories, research methodologies or schools of thought are not used as tags, unless the text is directly about a particular construct and not about research conducted within the framework of it. For example, a field theory analysis per se would not have its namesake tag attached to it, but a research into the applicability of field theory in a certain context would.

Linking and hidden content

Whenever there’s more information available online, we link to it. All our links open to a new browser tab or a window, depending on your personal settings. You will find our links at the end of each text, usually in the form of a single word in a bold font.

Sometimes we get information only through e-mails, to which we can’t link. This usually happens with calls for papers that haven’t been uploaded yet. In cases like these we publish, whenever possible, the entire source text within our own story. To cut some of the length, we usually hide this extra content behind a collapsible tab.

Sometimes we also hide things like event program suggestions or book indexes.

Whenever there’s a grey bar saying something like “Show entire call for papers” at the end of a story, there is always some hidden content. Clicking the grey bar makes the content visible. Clicking the word ‘collapse’ hides the visible content.


Ville Manninen is a Journalism Research News employee and a doctoral student at the University of Jyväskylä.


Edited on 26.2.2015: Links to our Facebook group and page were added.
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