ARTICLE: Story selection influences at the BBC

New study by W. Joe Watson, of Baker University, explores the influences on story selection at the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). To conduct interviews the writer spent one week in at BBC World Headquarters in London. Through interviews with BBC employees across all levels, observation of the daily newsroom operation, and attending editorial meetings study identifies three … Continued

ARTICLE: Social media sources discredit political news

The audience perceive news stories that quote social media sources less credible than stories that are based on, for example, stake-outs, write Sanne Kruikemeier and Sophie Lecheler, both of the University of Amsterdam. The authors conducted an online survey on 422 respondents, who were asked to evaluate the credibility of certain journalistic work processes. Social … Continued

ARTICLE: Trust not needed for news consumption

Trust and distrust do not have a statistically significant effect on news consumption, write Alberto Ardèvol-Abreu, of University of Vienna, and Homero Gil de Zúñiga, of Universidad Diego Portales. The authors surveyed over 2 800 Americans in two waves of online questionnaires, asking them about their trust toward traditional and non-traditional media, and later on … Continued

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ARTICLE: Audience have little tolerance towards errors

Citizens have strong expectations that news media publish correct information and they have little tolerance for errors, states a new study by Michael Karlsson and Christer Clerwall of Karlstad University and Lars Nord of Mid Sweden University. Their recent article studies users’ attitudes towards inaccuracies in news and corrections in online journalism. The authors used … Continued

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

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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