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


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News sharing on apps is more about social ties than spreading the news

New research by Antonis Kalegoropoulos of the University of Liverpool compared news sharing habits of mobile messaging application users in four countries: US, UK, Germany, and Brazil. Employing comparative and mixed methods, the study had three questions to answer: to understand the profile of the users who shared news, the types of news they shared, … Continued


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Eye tracking study of news interaction on Facebook

The new article by Adrian Vergara, Ignacio Siles, Ana Claudia Castro, and Alonso Chaves, all of Universidad de Costa Rica, explores how Facebook users consume news incidentally through their news feed. The study analyzed the eye movements of 41 social media users, 62% women and 38% men. Participants were university students from different majors. Facebook … Continued


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ARTICLE: Exposure to falsehoods in news and attempts to verify, from publics’ point of view

Falsehoods circulating online, such as fake news websites, rumours spread on purpose and political deceit, cause considerable concern for contemporary democracies. How do publics react to these concerns? And what do they believe about their own exposure to falsehoods in news? authors of a new research article ask. A comparative online survey related to election … Continued


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ARTICLE: Empowering women in Niger with radio journalism

Radio can be used for reaching marginalised and isolated communities in many regions in the Global South. It is important to see whether information broadcasted is accurate, independent and aligned with listeners’ needs or wishes, Emma Heywood of the University of Sheffield, the author of a new study, writes. In Niger, gender inequality is widespread … Continued