Article: Trust and Journalistic Transparency Online

The study “Trust and Journalistic Transparency Online” by Michael Koliska from Georgetown University experimented on news consumers’ trust as brought on by transparency, and further, in the second experiment, explored the reasons for the findings in the first. Transparency in journalism is defined as opening up the journalistic processes (production, decision making) to outsiders, i.e. … Continued


How local television newsrooms’ social media policies are evolving

The study “Social Media Policies in U.S. Television Newsrooms: Changes over Time” by Anthony C. Adornato and Allison Frisch from Ithaca College looked at the ways in which way newsroom social media policies evolve in four areas. The four areas were 1) journalists’ professional and personal social media activities, 2) social media sources and content, … Continued


How community radio performs community identity

The study “‘Just like us’: community radio broadcasters and the on-air performance of community identity” by Bridget Backhaus from Griffith University looked at an understudied sub-area in community media studies: community identity. The study is situated in Australia, a country with rich and diverse scholarship on the topic.  The concept of community is foundational in … Continued


Professional logics in journalism and the role of social media audiences

The article “Business as Usual: How Journalism’s Professional Logics Continue to Shape News Organization Policies Around Social Media Audiences” by Kelly Fincham from National University of Galway, Ireland used an institutional logics approach to understand the relationship between the audience’s role and the professional logics dominating the newsrooms.  Institutional logics refers to a set of … Continued



A Lefebvrian analysis of news audiences’ media day

In a new study “The Media Day, Revisited: Rhythm, Place and Hyperlocal Information Environments”  Henrik Örnebring and Erika Hellekant Rowe of Karlstad University combined Henri Lefebvre’s concepts of rhythmanalysis and the media day with Ray Oldenburg’s notion of the third place. This was done to understand how news audience members’ everyday experiences relate to hyperlocal … Continued




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Best practices for journalists as inclusive media educators

How can journalists foster audience participation and journalism literacy? The new article  “Journalists as Media Educators: Journalistic Media Education as Inclusive Boundary Work.” by Maarit Jaakkola of University of Gothenburg seeks to answer this question. Media education is defined as the ability to evaluate and act upon media messages. According to previous research, journalists avoid … Continued


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How people make sense of incidental news

A new study by Manuel Goyanes of University Carlos III de Madrid and Marton Demeter of National University of Public Service, Budapest, contributes to the ongoing research on incidental news consumption in social media platforms. Goyanes and Demeter studied how people make sense, how they cognitively appraise, and how they construct and perceive the effect … Continued