ARTICLE: How do NGOs influence and shape public discourses on conflict?

It has been claimed that non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have become increasingly visible in media discourses on armed conflict. But what types of NGOs, in what way and under what conditions? In their article Christoph O. Meyer, of King’s College London, Eric Sangar, of FNRS/University of Namur and Eva Michaels, of King’s College London, develop a … Continued

Picture: Conflict by Micah Elizabeth Scott, license CC BY SA 2.0, cropped

ARTICLE: Conflict reporters under greater threat

The conflict reporter as we know it is a threatened species, a new study argues. Marte Høiby and Rune Ottosen, both of Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences, studied how journalists respond to a degraded security situation in conflict reporting and mapped editorial practices and policies for journalists. 73 journalists and 27 editors … Continued

Oh Yes, There WILL Be A Refund by Christina VanMeter, licence CC BY-NC 2.0

ARTICLE: Journalism is less pure than reporters claim

When asked about their work, journalists often paint an idealistic picture of the norms they uphold. When investigated more closely, these representations rarely hold true, Abit Hoxha and Thomas Hanitzsch, both of Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, write. They report on an international research project spanning 11 countries. A total of 215 journalists, who are … Continued

Untitled by Jan Marcus Trapp, licence CC0 1.0

ARTICLE: American journalists conflicted by mass shooting coverage

American journalists are largely satisfied by the way mass shootings are covered, while they still see room for improvement. The journalists’ attitudes were studied by Nicole Smith Dahmen and Jesse Abdenour, both of University of Oregon, with Karen McIntyre, of Virginia Commonwealth University, and Krystal E. Noga-Styron, of Central Washington University. The authors surveyed 1 … Continued

Untitled by Sasha Maksymenko, licence CC BY 2.0

ARTICLE: Little difference between liberal and conservative papers’ coverage of the Crimean crisis

American newspapers covered the 2014 Crimean crisis in a fairly uniform fashion regardless of the papers’ political orientation, writes Anastasia N. Sorokina, of Temple University. Sorokina analysed 568 news article headlines regarding the crisis, published in six American newspapers. Half of the papers are considered liberal and half conservative leaning. The proportions of countries mentioned … Continued

Picture: Chained by Jose Fontano, license CC0 1.0

ARTICLE: Korean journalists need support for traumatic events

Korean journalists were frequently exposed to potentially traumatic events in their work, according to a new study. Mina Lee, Eun Hye Ha and Jung Kun Pae, all of Sookmyung Women’s University, studied for the first time in Korea, how journalists have experienced posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms. The authors did a survey for 367 Korean journalists, … Continued

ARTICLE: Audience reactions to domesticated distant suffering

Domestication as journalistic practice refers to the framing of a foreign news event within the perceived national or local context of the audience, write Eline Huiberts and Stijn Joye, of Ghent University. The study investigates how an audience makes use of domestication strategies in viewing and reacting to mediated distant suffering. The study draws on audience research … Continued

ARTICLE: Mobile phone footage has not lived up to its early potential

Content generated by mobile phones, video and stills images, were expected to have a revolutionary impact on broadcast journalism in the mid-2000s. Dramatic news events such as the Asian Tsunami and London bombings of 2005 showed the potential of mobile. Adrian Hadland, Eddy Borges-Rey and Jackie Cameron, all of University of Stirling. used content analysis to study how … Continued

ARTICLE: Eurocentric concept of revolution cannot explain the Arab Spring event

Petra Cafnik Uludağ, of Bilkent University examines how does the concept of revolution as used in the Western media affect reporting about the Arab Spring. A media framing analysis (MFA) focused on The Guardian and The New York Times (2011 – 2013) was conducted. At first the study extracts six attributes used to define Western revolutionary … Continued