ARTICLE: Readers prefer good journalism, after all

The audience is more likely to select balanced stories that are backed with numbers, rather than narrative stories that reinforce existing beliefs, write Carlos Brenes Peralta, Magdalena Wojcieszak, Yphtach Lelkes, and Claes de Vreese, all of University of Amsterdam. The authors conducted an experiment on 504 Americans. The respondents were surveyed over their interests and … Continued


ARTICLE: Traditional news values predict online sharing

Traditional news values that define “newsworthiness” by and large also set the “shareworthiness” of news stories on social media, write Damian Trilling, of University of Amsterdam, Petro Tolochko, of University of Vienna, and Björn Burscher of the ICT company Textkernel. The authors algorithmically analysed a total of 132 682 news stories and social media interactions … Continued


Picture: Egypt’s Mubarack is in a Cage by Surian Soosay, license CC BY 2.0

New issue of Communication & Society published

The June issue of the journal Communication & Society is published. It features 10 articles from a variety of topics, including journalism, filmmaking, political communication and television. Especially interesting for journalism scholars are two articles. Martin Elena of Pompeu Fabra University examines the framing of the Egypt’s coup of July 2013, part of the so-called … Continued


ARTICLE: Journalists direct user discussions

Journalists direct user conversations on websites according to their journalistic standards, write Emmanuel Marty, of Nice Sophia Antipolis University, Nathalie Pignard-Cheynel, of University of Lorraine, and Brigitte Sebbah, of Paris Est Créteil Val de Marne University. The authors analysed over 20 000 user comments that were submitted to a single Le Monde Live Blog story … Continued


Pictures: Happy Summer Solstice Northern Hemisphere by NASA Goddard, license CC BY 2.0 & Database Bullseye by Bruno Girin, license CC BY-SA 2.0, combined, cropped, coloured

REPORT: Global press trends

Newspapers generated an estimated US$ 168 billion in circulation and advertising revenue in 2015. Ninety billion dollars (53 percent) came from print and digital circulation, while $ 78 billion came from advertising, states the World Press Trends 2016 survey, published recently by World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA). Global newspaper market figures show … Continued


ARTICLE: Social news gap

New article by Jonathan Bright explores the question why some news articles are shared more than others on social media. Results of the study show that editorial promotion of the article on the front page and the topic of the article are both significant. There is also different sharing patterns for different types of article: News about … Continued


ARTICLE: Users would pay for digital longforms

Contrary to studies on generic online content, a notable share of Germans is willing to pay for digital longform journalism, write Cornelia Wolf, of University of Leipzig, and Alexander Godulla, of University of Passau. The authors surveyed 248 mobile internet users over their knowledge on, expectations of, and attitudes toward digital longform pieces. One quarter … Continued


ARTICLE: Statements by vox pops are unbalanced

Vox pop in the news are becoming one of the most dominant voices in television news, write Kathleen Beckers, Stefaan Walgrave and Hilde Van den Bulck. A vox pop can be defined as an apparently randomly chosen, ordinary individual who is  interviewed by journalists and who gives a personal statement in a news item. The … Continued


ARTICLE: Photos less crucial than text for politicians

News text is as important or even more important than photographs in influencing politicians’ public image, write Hajo Boomgaarden, of University of Vienna, Mark Boukes, of University of Amsterdam, and Aurora Iorgoveanu, who is a business intelligence analyst with the Holcim Group in Romania. The authors conducted an experiment with 296 Dutch university students. The … Continued


ARTICLE: Expectations of journalists’ performance on Twitter

The more people engage with journalists on Twitter, the less likely they are to report viewing the media as having an editorial bias, write Homero Gil de Zúñiga, Trevor Diehl and Alberto Ardèvol-Abreu. Focus of their new study in on how expectations about journalistic practices on social media influence audience engagement with journalists, and in turn, perceptions of editorial bias. Panel … Continued