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REPORT: Fear of too many alerts holds back news apps

A large number of smartphone users have downloaded news apps and are interested in using them – yet only a minority of them use said applications, a recent Reuters Institute report, authored by Nic Newman, shows. 7 577 British, American, Taiwanese and German adults completed an online survey over their news consumption on smartphones. Overall, … Continued


ARTICLE: Habits and generational media use

New article by Marina Ghersetti and Oscar Westlund, both of University of Gothenburg, studies how how different generations’ media habits interrelate with media use during societal crises. The study is based on Swedish survey data from 2012. The media habits of the elderly generation primarily comprise legacy news media, while the younger generation mainly uses digital media. … Continued




Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly: Google news, sharing and political campaigns

New issue of Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly is now published. The issue consists of a collection of research articles and a pile of book reviews. The magazine is divided in themes such as “online news business models”, “audience behavior” and “changing journalistic paradigms”. The issue begins with a bibliometric study of social capital research in communication … Continued


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ARTICLE: Serbians distrust news, as journalists are seen corrupt

The way Serbians think journalists practice their trade has a significant, negative effect on the Serbians’ trust in journalism, writes Ivanka Pjesivac, of University of Georgia. Pjesivac analysed the results from a survey of 544 Serbians, in which the respondents were asked about their general trust of other people, trust in journalism, and conceptions of … Continued



ARTICLE: Local TV stations reaching generation C

National TV networks, as well as local TV stations, are experiencing changes that range from programming distribution methods to shifts in audiences, write Douglas A. Ferguson, of College of Charleston and Clark F. Greer, of Liberty University. One concern is an aging audience. The article focuses on the extent to which local TV stations are using top … Continued


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ARTICLE: Link length and quantity affects user experience

Different quantities and types of links have notable effects on the readers of online news, write Félix Arias-Robles and José Alberto García-Avilés, both of Universidad Miguel Hernández. The authors conducted an online experiment with 170 Spanish university students, who were assigned to read one out of six potential article versions. Arias-Robles and García-Avilés recorded the … Continued