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

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REPORT: Even online, trust in news is built on legacy

News consumers largely value online news sites based on their offline legacies, a report published by the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism (RISJ) states. The report was produced by Kantar Media consultancy group as a part of RISJ’s annual Digital News Report. Audience members were interviewed in focus groups in four countries: the … Continued

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ARTICLE: Newsrooms have varying ways of applying web analytics

Due to web analytics, diverging journalistic cultures might be emerging. Folker Hanusch of the University of Vienna studied the influence of analytics to newswork looking at individuals, organisations and different platforms. Analytics affects economics and advertising dynamics in newsrooms. These changes have direct effects also on journalists’ autonomy. The author conducted in-depth interviews with 21 … Continued

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ARTICLE: Gaming journalists defending their role during GamerGate

During the GamerGate controversy in 2014 and 2015, gaming journalists had to manage a debate on two fronts: defending gaming journalism and remediating attacks on women. Gregory Perreault of Appalachian State University and Tim Vos of University of Missouri conducted interviews with 17 gaming journalists and analysed several published responses to criticism. The authors conducted … Continued

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ARTICLE: Direct personal experience predicts trust in news the most

What happens to trust in media when individuals are present at the site of the event, and can evaluate the reports based on their own experiences? Oren Livio and Jonathan Cohen of the University of Haifa conducted an online survey to 405 Israeli adults asking about various predictors of public trust in journalism. The strongest … Continued

ARTICLE: How to respond to uncivil comments?

Marc Ziegele and Pablo B. Jost, both of Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz, investigate the effects of a comment moderation strategy that recommends news outlets to respond publicly to uncivil comments, ask their authors to discuss more civilized, and demonstrate that the news outlet prefer high-quality discussions. The article explores how factual vs. sarcastic journalistic responses … Continued

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ARTICLE: Instructions encourage users to report crass comments

Users are more likely to report crass comments, if they are made aware of the community guidelines prior to reading comments on a news website, write Teresa K. Naab and Anja Kalch, both of University of Augsburg. They conducted two experiments on German college students to see how different conditions affected their “flagging” behaviour (i.e. … Continued