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ARTICLE: Human interest and controversial stories attract social media interaction

What kind of values and topics in news predict audience interaction in social media? Victor García-Perdomo of the University of Texas at Austin, Ramón Salaverría of Universidad de Navarra, Danielle K. Kilgo of Indiana University and Summer Harlow of Florida State University studied responses to news on Facebook and Twitter comparing results from three countries: … Continued

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ARTICLE: Negativity can discourage interaction with political news

Do negative political news online always attract more attention and interaction than civil news? Article by Ashely Muddiman of the University of Kansas, Jamie Pond-Cobb of Wayne State University and Jamie E. Matson of Winona State University studies interaction with different kind of political content. The authors conducted two experiments testing whether negativity always increasess … Continued

ARTICLE: Audience evaluations of news visualizations

The use of infographics in the news has become more common in recent years. Yael de Haan, of University of Applied Sciences in Utrecht, Sanne Kruikemeier, of University of Amsterdam, Sophie Lecheler, of University of Vienna, Gerard Smit, of University of Applied Sciences in Utrecht, and Renee van der Nat, of University of Applied Sciences … Continued

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ARTICLE: Election campaigns mobilize both news users and avoiders

There are no clear differences in to what extent “news seekers” and “news avoiders” are mobilized by election campaigns, Jesper Strömbäck, of University of Gothenburg, writes. Strömbäck conducted a four-wave panel survey with 2 281 Swedes in 2014, when both parliamentary and europarliamentary elections were held in Sweden. It was Strömbäck’s assumption that the increased … Continued

ARTICLE: Sensationalism in online news publications

Danielle K Kilgo, of University of Texas, Summer Harlow, of Florida State University, Víctor García-Perdomo, of University of Texas, and Ramón Salaverría, of University of Navarra examine how sensationalism impacts social sharing. The study is based on analysis of 400 articles from online news organizations across the Americas. The article evaluates the sensational treatment of … Continued

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ARTICLE: News media is not everyone’s go-to source for news information

People can be roughly divided into those who rely on news media for current information, and those who avoid it, Stephanie Edgerly, of Northwestern University, writes. Edgerly interviewed 21 young American adults over where they would search information in six, hypothetical situations. Ten of the interviewees described news media centric approaches, many even naming specific … Continued

ARTICLE: The upper class does not exclusively read high-brow news

Individuals with more cultural capital are not necessarily “snobbish” but rather “omnipotent” in their news consumption, write Jonas Ohlsson and Sofia Arkhede, both of University of Gothenburg, with Johan Lindell, of Karlstad University (names not in original order). The authors analysed the survey results from a 2014 national survey on Swedes’ opinions, demographics and lifestyles. … Continued

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ARTICLE: Pageviews less influential for news agenda than feared

Audience attention has fairly little effect on what the journalists position as a news website’s leading story, Rodrigo Zamith, of University of Massachusetts, writes. Zamith captured the home pages of 14 large US newsrooms every 15 minutes for two months in 2014. He then compared the stories’ position on the websites to their popularity, as … Continued

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ARTICLE: User generated content not central to public journalism

Contrary to earlier formulations, user generated content does not seem to be a core element of contemporary public journalism initiatives, Patrick Ferrucci, of University of Colorado Boulder, writes. Ferrucci interviewed 19 US journalists working for digitally native news nonprofits (DNNN) over their work routines and methods. The author was particularly interested in the four key … Continued

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VIDEO: What is good journalism?

Michael Karlsson, a professor at Karlstad University, has studied what people think is good journalism. With his colleagues he has conducted focus group interviews with citizens. He shares the findings about what they have found. In the near future, Karlsson is focusing on studies about hyperlinking and how news “travel” within newsrooms in different countries. … Continued