Untitled by Jan Vašek, licence CC0 1.0

ARTICLE: Information overload makes readers willing to pay for news

People who feel overloaded by news information are more willing to pay for news, write Sun Kyong Lee and Nathan J. Lindsey, both of University of Oklahoma, with Kyun Soo Kim, of Chonnam National University. The authors surveyed 1 001 Americans over their news consumption habits, views on news, and their “perceived news information overload”. … Continued

Picture: Untitled by Neonbrand, license CC0 1.0

ARTICLE: Narrative news form informs, but does not gain appreciation from young audiences

Do news written in a narrative form better attract younger audiences? This presumption was tested in a new study by Mariska Kleemans, Gabi Schaap and Mitchel Suijkerbuijk, of Radboud University. The participants representing different age groups were given four online news articles written in either a narrative or an inverted pyramid stucture. The study measured … Continued

Untitled by crystal710, licence CC0 1.0

ARTICLE: News comments hardly expand citizens’ agency

Being able to comment on news about public policy issues will enhance the “citizenship positions” available to the audience, but that potential is largely untapped, write Zara Pinto-Coelho, Anabela Carvalho, and Eunice Castro Seixas, all of University of Minho. The authors conducted critical discourse analysis on news stories from four Portuguese newspapers, and on reader … Continued

Megaphone by Ashley Adcox, licence CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

REPORT: Blame for disinformation falls upon mainstream media

Were it not for the logic of mainstream media, disinformation spreading and media manipulating “far right” groups would have remained in the margins, Alice Marwick and Rebecca Lewis, both of Data & Society Research Institute, write. A recent report by the Institute reviews the online world of “conspiracy theorists, techno-libertarians, white nationalists, Men’s Rights advocates, … Continued

Picture: 20151104-OSEC-LSC-0828 by US Department of Agriculture, license public domain

ARTICLE: News factors and previous comments guide users’ commenting behaviour

Content of news articles and comments dynamically shape the discussion value of news pieces online. Marc Ziegele, Mathias Weber, Oliver Quiring and Timo Breiner, all of Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz, Germany, studied the effects of news articles and previous comments on user commenting. The authors conducted an experiment with 436 participants. In the experiment, … Continued

Untitled by alphalight1, licence CC0 1.0

REPORT: Approaches to fostering youth’s news literacy

The World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) has published a report on news literacy initiatives around the world. Authored by Aralynn McMane and Wendy Tribaldos, the report lists 130 examples of how news literacy is being taught to children and youth. The report’s seven sections cover particular issues and highlight best practices. For … Continued

Untitled by GregMontani, licence CC0 1.0

ARTICLE: More news about the EU, stronger European identity

Exposure to news about the European Union increases Europeans’ feeling of togetherness, write Waqas Ejaz and Jens Wolling, both of Technical University of Ilmenau, with Marco Bräuer, of the German Federal Office for the Family and Civil Society (author names not in original order). The authors analysed data from the 2013 Eurobarometer survey, which questioned … Continued