REPORT: Traditional media lives on, at least somewhere

Despite the increasing use of online media, traditional news sources remain important at least in some European countries. The fact is revealed in a supplementary report to the Reuters Institute for the study of Journalism (RISJ) Digital news 2015 report. The additional report extends the geographical scope of the original, including for the first time … Continued

REPORT: Traditional media declines in Denmark

The readerships of both regional and national newspapers have declined in Denmark over the recent years. Similarly the Danes have cut back on their time spent viewing television. At the same time, the use of internet has increased, for various purposes and by various devices. The results were published by the Danish Agency for Culture … Continued

ARTICLE: To Swedish youth, social media news are not ‘real’

Swedish teenagers on the cusp of adulthood consider news found on social media as being less ‘real’ than news received via traditional media, writes Malin Sveningsson from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. The conclusion was reached after a qualitative, multi-method research into the news consumption habits of 26 Swedish highschoolers. The participants were selected from … Continued

ARTICLE: Shortcomings in news sharing research

Research into news sharing on social media is, among other things, too Twitter-centric, write Anna Sophie Kümpel, Veronika Karnowski and Till Keyling, all of Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich. They reviewed articles and conference papers related to the topic, published from 2004 to 2014. Their eventual sample consisted of 109 pieces of literature, out of … Continued

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BOOK: Media, margins and civic agency

A new book edited by Einar Thorsen, Daniel Jackson, Heather Savigny and Jenny Alexander takes a look at media, politics and power. The focus is on citizens at the margins: how they are empowered or disempowered by the media. The book wades through issues such as citizen and extremist voices, the role of media policy … Continued

ARTICLE: Active audience

Due to the changes caused by online communication and social media, the media audience is often described as an active one. Janne Matikainen and Mikko Villi study the Finnish media audience’s attitudes toward participation, content generation and distribution in the online environment. The focus of this article is on the attitudes of the audience. How does … Continued

REPORT: Sweden’s Media Barometer published

Nordicom-Sweden’s Media Barometer 2014 is now published. The Media Barometer provides data on the access to and use of different media types in the Swedish population. The Barometer measures actual contact with the public and the aim is to provide serial data that describe trends and changes in people’s media use. There is also a specific … Continued

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ARTICLE: Witnessing conflicts digitally

Digital witnessing of conflicts breaks with the professional monopoly of the journalist and becomes a complex site of struggle, states Lilie Chouliaraki of London School of Economics and Political Science. Mediatized death is in the spotlight of this article published in Information, Communication & Society. Chouliaraki studies how the status of the death spectacle and … Continued

ARTICLE: Audience research about alternative journalism

A newly published study by Tony Harcup explores what prompts people to become members of the audience for alternative forms of journalism. It is said that alternative forms of journalism challenge the passive role of audience members as receivers and to foster active citizenship. There is also some evidence that individuals are attracted to alternative … Continued

ARTICLE: The impact of “Mood meter” on consumers’ attitudes

“Participating in a mood meter may attenuate positive responses to human-interest stories” claim Jessica Gall Myrick and Bartosz W. Wojdynski. A newly published study examined the effects of the presence and valence of a “mood meter” posted alongside an online human-interest story. The results show that the presence of a mood meter generally led to lower attitudes toward and … Continued