ARTICLE: Journalists reel back on social media

Journalists are decreasing their efforts to engage with their audience on Facebook, writes Anders Olof Larsson, of Westerdals Oslo School of Arts, Communication and Technology. Larsson algorithmically captured the activities on the Facebook pages of four large, Swedish newspapers over five years’ time (from 2010 to 2015). Over the studied time period, journalists’ engagement declined … Continued


ARTICLE: News on science increase trust in science

The people who consume more news about science are more trustful of it, even if said news told about misconduct in science, writes Ulrika Andersson of University of Gothenburg. The author compared the news consumption patterns and levels of trust in science to the amount of negative science news in Sweden’s largest news outlets. The … Continued


ARTICLE: Social media use good for democracy

The use of social media, even for non-political purposes, increases political deliberation, write Trevor Dieh and Homero Gil de Zúñiga, both of University of Vienna, and Brian Weeks, of University of Michigan (names not in original order). The authors used a two-wave survey to compare people’s social media use patterns to their activity in political … Continued


ARTICLE: Different news read online and in print

The audience reads different news stories online than in print, write Torbjörn von Krogh, of Mid Sweden University and Ulrika Andersson, of University of Gothenburg. The authors compared the results of a telephone survey on the readership of a Swedish newspaper, and that newspaper’s web page’s metrics from the same time period. Print readers not … Continued


REPORT: Children’s and parents’ media use in the UK

Newly published Ofcom report explores children’s media literacy. The report includes evidence on media use, attitudes and understanding among children and young people aged 5-15, as well as detailed information about the media access and use of young children aged 3-4. Findings relating to parents’ views about their children’s media use, and the ways that parents … Continued


ARTICLE: Different news diets, different protests

The composition of a person’s news diet affects the likelihoods of different types of protest, write Lorenzo Mosca, of Scuola Normale Superiore, and Mario Quaranta, of LUISS Guido Carli. The authors had balanced samples of German, British and Italian citizens respond to an e-mail survey. The survey asked the respondents of their media use and … Continued


ARTICLE: Slow is the new fast in journalism

Immediacy is seen as one of the key values in journalism as people want to be informed about events and threats as soon as possible. This speed game has strengthened over the past decade because of technological and commercial forces. Will the upcoming digital generation be interested in slow journalism? ask Nico Drok and Liesbeth Hermans. Their … Continued



ARTICLE: Mixed-mode surveys usable on media audience

Media use can well be researched with surveys, that are submitted through both mail and online, writes Annika Bergström, of University of Gothenburg. The author studied the submissions to a national Swedish survey on media use, part of which were mailed back to the researchers and part of which were submitted via an online questionnaire. … Continued