ARTICLE: Newspaper was the people’s medium early on

Large parts of the Dutch society, both rich and poor, were reading newspapers already in the 17th century, writes Michiel van Groesen, of Leiden University. The author investigated works of art, diaries, and newspaper collections that illustrate the ways the early newspapers, corantos, were consumed. At the time, Dutch corantos were fairly inexpensive and even … Continued

ARTICLE: Like-minded statements seem more objective

Both journalists and lay citizens see statements that affirm their beliefs as more objective and informative, writes Cornelia Mothes, of Ohio State University. Mothes analysed the results from a “quasi-experiment” with 430 German journalists and 432 non-journalists. The experiment was carried out online. In it, the respondents were asked about their opinion on nuclear power … Continued

ARTICLE: Different news sites, different participation

Websites and readers of local newspapers are more likely to embrace commenting, while national papers prefer social media sharing, write Susanne M. Almgren, of Jönköping University, and Tobias Olsson, of Lund University. The authors analysed the interactive features and audience participation of 3 444 stories published on the websites of nine Swedish newspapers. The rural … Continued

ARTICLE: Changes in news engagement

There is a significant trend indicating changes in engagement in terms of total news consumption time and diversity in news platforms, write Louisa Ha, Ying Xu, Liu Yang, Mohammad Abuljadail, Weiwei Jiang, of Bowling Green State University, Chen Yang, of University of Houston–Victoria, Fang Wang of Bowling Green State University and Guangxi University, Xiao Hu, of Autel Intelligent Technology Corp., Ltd., and Itay Gabay, of University of Louisville. … Continued

ARTICLE: Readers prefer neutral recovery stories

Audience may be practicing a type of specific network gatekeeping via social platforms, write Gavin Adamson, of Ryerson University, Liam Donaldson, of  Ryerson University and Rob Whitley, of McGill University. The study explores the relationship between the content of news articles about mental illness and audience reading and sharing habits. In order to study these relationships researchers use web analytics from … Continued

PROJECT: Racism in the hybrid media environment

A new research project on representations and manifestations of racism in media has been launched. Entitled “Racisms and public communications in the hybrid media environment (HYBRA)”, the project is a collaborative effort between the University of Tampere, University of Helsinki, and Aalto University. The project begun on September 1st and will finish by the end … Continued

ARTICLE: The why and how of resisting censorship

Feelings of unease and confrontational attitude towards state controlled media are linked to increased searching of alternative online information, write Golnoosh Behrouzian, Erik C. Nisbet and Aysenur Dal of Ohio State University with Ali Çarkoğlu, of Koç University. The authors surveyed over 3 000 Turks, both in face-to-face interviews and online. The respondents were asked … Continued

CFP: Changing audiences, changing journalism

ECREA Journalism Studies Conference is looking for submissions to its next conference, held in Odense, Denmark, on the 23rd and 24th of March 2017. The conference is entitled “Changing audiences – Changing Journalism”. The conference is interested in the role of the audience in journalism. The organizers seek to deal with questions like “To what … Continued

ARTICLE: Audience recognized Gawker as journalism

The audience imposed journalistic criteria upon the website Gawker, thus recognizing it as a journalistic actor, write Edson C. Tandoc Jr., of Nanyang Technological University, and Joy Jenkins, of University of Missouri. They analysed reader comments and news stories in response to Gawker publishing a particularly controversial story. The reactions to the Gawker piece, which … Continued

ARTICLE: News affect old workers’ employability

The way news depict older workers changes the way potential employers assess them, a study by Anne C. Kroon, Martine van Selm, Claartje ter Hoeven, and Rens Vliegenthart, from the University of Amsterdam, finds. The authors exposed 249 subjects to different versions of a news article on the employment of older workers. The respondents were … Continued