ARTICLE: Irregular immigration in news, a comparison

The journal American Behavioral Scientist has published a collection of online-first articles dealing with irregular immigration and media. The collection features five original articles, each with a comparative take on the subject. The researched countries are France, Norway and the United States. Following are short summaries of the articles.   Tine Ustad Figenschou, of University … Continued

ARTICLE: Faces of victims and killers alike get forgotten

People usually don’t recognize the faces of murder victims, even if the case was widely publicised, write Michael Brookes, David Wilson, Elizabeth Yardley, Mohammed Rahman, Sophie Rowe, all of Birmingham City University. The authors showed 103 UK residents photos of both victims and their murderers to gauge how well the subjects could recall the people … Continued

Mapping of right-wing media critique about to launch

A new research project on the media critique presented by right-wing populists is in the making. Kristoffer Holt, of Linnaeus University, presented the results of a pilot study in the same vein in late January. The event, an European Union funded COST Early Stage Researchers Think Tank, was held in Zürich. Holt studied the strains … Continued

ARTICLE: Participatory journalism in low demand

The Swedish audience has only modest interest in participatory journalism, write Michael Karlsson, Christer Clerwall, Karin Fast, all of Karlstadt University, and Annika Bergström, of University of Gothenburg (names not in original order). The authors used data from large-scale, national surveys and a longitudinal study of the features on online news services. Over time, the … Continued

ARTICLE: Narrative news easier for uninformed youth

News stories constructed to a narrative format are easier for young people to comprehend, write Katharina Emde, Christoph Klimmt and Daniela Schlütz, all of Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media. They had 706 adolescents, aged between 12 and 17, read different types of news stories and then gauged how well they had understood and … Continued

ARTICLE: News sites’ comment sections not civil enough

Comment section on news websites do not fulfill their normative goals, write Nina Springer, Christian Pfaffinger, both of Ludwig Maximiliam University of Munich, and Ines Engelmann, of University of Jena (names not in original order). They surveyed hundreds of Germans in relation to their motives for use and non-use of news website comment sections. According … Continued

ARTICLE: Steady negativity sticks to the dilettantes

Repeated exposure to negatively framed news has a noticeable effect on the audience’s political views, write Sophie Lecheler, Andreas Schuck, both of Univeristy of Amsterdam, Mario Keer, of the Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research, and Regula Hänggli, of University of Fribourg (names not in original order). The authors subjected research participants to news stories … Continued