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

ARTICLE: New practices in reporting a trial

Newly published study explores how Orlando Sentinel used emerging media technologies to engage with audience in covering two high-profile court trials. First is the case of Casey Anthony. She was accused, but in the end acquitted of killing her two-year-old child. The second case is George Zimmerman, who was tried and also acquitted of shooting and killing 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in … Continued

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ARTICLE: What is valuable journalism?

Especially nature, living environment and history are topics that audience would like to read more about, states a study by Irene Costera Meijer of the VU University of Amsterdam and Hildebrand P. Bijleveld. Valuable journalism is a concept that aims to find a middle ground between the perspectives of quality from journalists’ and users’ points … Continued

ARTICLE: Serbians think news are highly corrupt

Serbians believe the level of corruption in news media is on a high level, writes Ivanka Pjesivac, of University of Georgia. A representative sample of 544 Serbians were surveyed over perceived corruption in news. On a scale of 1 to 7, the respondents estimated the spread of corruption in news media to be at 5.26 … Continued

ARTICLE: Facebook comments on news items of Al Jazeera and Al Arabiya

What kinds of sentiments are expressed by Arab Facebook users commenting on the news articles? ask Ahmed Al-Rawi, of Concordia University and Erasmus University. Study examines the online public comments and the hundred most commented on news stories on the Facebook pages of Al-Jazeera Arabic and Al-Arabiya. Over 620,000 comments were studied. The study shows that there are some opposing … Continued

ARTICLE: Social connection motivates people to share news

In order for making news go viral it needs to be shared by masses of online media users. Key element in understanding news flows is what makes a piece of content worth sharing with others, write Ike Picone, Ralf De Wolf and Sarie Robijt. Study draws on a survey amongst Belgian online media users. Writers identified four sharing profiles based on … Continued

NODA16: Takeaways from the preconference

The Nordic Data Journalism conference (NODA16) ended with a well-attended presentation on the so-called Panama Papers project, on Saturday (23.4.). In addition to its professional focus, the event featured an academic pre-conference on Thursday (21.4.). The full academic sessions are available as videos, but here are some of our favourite takeaways. Paul Bradshaw, of Birmingham … Continued