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PAPER: Some fake news stories persisted longer than others

There were geographic and time-related trends in consumption of fake news prior to the US presidential election. Adam Fourney, Miklos Z. Racz,  Gireeja Ranade, Markus Mobius and Eric Horvitz, all of Microsoft Research, analyzed traffic to websites known for publishing fake news in the months preceding the 2016 presidential election. Researchers used instrumentation data from … Continued


ARTICLE: Individual news repertoires and political participation

In contemporary high-choice media environments, people increasingly mix and combine their use of various news media into personal news repertoires, write Jesper Strömbäck, of University of Gothenburg, Kajsa Falasca, of Mid Sweden University, and Sanne Kruikemeier, of University of Amsterdam. The article explores how people compose these individual news repertoires and the effects of different news repertoires on political participation. … Continued



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ARTICLE: National papers do not set the public’s economic opinion

Does media coverage change the way the audience views economy, or does coverage follow the public opinion? Daniel J. Hopkins, Eunji Kim and Soojong Kim, all of University of Pennsylvania, investigated the question by a large-scale comparison of public sentiment and news tone. The authors conducted an automated analysis of over 150 000 news articles … Continued


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ARTICLE: Americans want more objectivity and less interpretation

Do journalists and their audience agree on what journalism should be like? The question was investigated by Lars Willnat, of Syracuse University, with David H. Weaver and G. Cleveland Wilhoit, both of Indiana University-Bloomington. The authors compared the results from two surveys with American journalists (N=1080) and members of the public (N=1230). The surveys inquired, … Continued


ARTICLE: Politicians’ hostile media perceptions

Politicians’ discomfort with journalism may be based on the hostile media phenomenon (HMP), write Jörg Matthes, of University of Vienna, Peter Maurer, of Norwegian University of Science and Technology, and Florian Arendt, of University of Munich. The HMP describes a process in which highly involved individuals perceive the news media as more hostile compared to individuals who … Continued


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ARTICLE: How to better analyse “echo chambers”

Curd Benjamin Knüpfer, of George Washington University, proposes a new model for analysing so-called “echo chambers”. To be more specific, Knüpfer moves away from the term “echo chamber”, suggesting it implies an unnecessarily insular concept. The new model, then, consists of potentially overlapping feedback loops. The author’s model is four-layered. First, information emerges within a … Continued


Reacting to accusations about migration reporting – Torbjörn von Krogh and Göran Svensson interview

VIDEO: Reacting to accusations about migration reporting

Torbjörn von Krogh and Göran Svensson, talked to us at NordMedia 2017 conference. They have been studying media trust, especially how media responds to accusations related to migration issues. The researchers also share their impressions from the conference and plans for the future. The interview was filmed at the NordMedia 2017 conference in Tampere. This … Continued


ARTICLE: Can immersive journalism enhance empathy?

In recent years, major news outlets have started to use the techniques and rhetoric of “immersive journalism”, writes Ana Luisa Sánchez Laws, of Volda University College, Norway. Immersive journalism builds on the premise that using virtual reality to locate viewers where events take place can enhance empathy. But can it? The roots of immersive journalism are in … Continued


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ARTICLE: “Robots” do not make credible journalists

Readers find news stories written by “robot journalists” less credible than stories by human authors, T. Franklin Waddell, of University of Florida, writes. Waddell conducted two online experiments with a total of 311 Americans, where the participants were exposed to identical stories with different bylines. Most notably, stories credited to “Automated Insights, Robot Reporter” were … Continued