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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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ARTICLE: News tweets affect the stock market

Economic news published on Twitter by the Reuters and Bloomberg agencies cause the Dow Jones Industrial Average stock market index (DJI) to fluctuate, write Nadine Strauß, Rens Vliegenthart and Piet Verhoeven, all of University of Amsterdam. The authors analysed the two agencies’ tweets from September 2015 and compared them to the changes in the DJI. … Continued