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ARTICLE: Visual aids help viewers recall numbers from TV news

Presenting numerical data in tables or graphs will help TV news audience recall the information, a study on American college students shows. Ivanka Pjesivac, of University of Georgia, with Nicholas Geidner and Laura E. Miller, both of University of Tennessee, had 113 students participate in an online experiment. The participants viewed one of three versions … Continued

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ARTICLE: Journalists change roles in health crises

Journalists’ conceptions of their role change during health crises, such as epidemic outbreaks, write Celine Klemm and Tilo Hartmann, both of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, with Enny Das, of Radboud University Nijmegen (author names not in original order). The authors interviewed 22 Finnish and German newspaper journalists with experience on health reporting. Journalists hold dear certain … Continued

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ARTICLE: Twitter does not bring ordinary people closer to health journalists

Health journalists do not use Twitter to reach out to ordinary people, Annelore Deprez and Sarah Van Leuven, both of Ghent University, write. The authors analysed the Twitter networks of eight Belgian health journalists from the country’s Dutch speaking part of Flanders. They also interviewed seven of the eight journalists. According to the authors, the … Continued

ARTICLE: Political standing changes epidemic coverage

Newspapers in the political right and left cover news differently, a study by Sangwon Lee and Jihyun Esther Paik, both of University of Wisconsin-Madison, confirms. The authors analysed the coverage of the MERS epidemic in South Korea by the left-wing Hankyoreh and the right-wing Chosun Ilbo newspapers. While Hankyoreh emphasized the role of the society … Continued

ARTICLE: Obesity and modern life in Austrian press

Austrian print media depicts the increase in obesity rate as a result of disrupted natural order, write Michael Penkler, Kay Felder and Ulrike Felt, all of University of Vienna. They studied the articles published in six Austrian daily newspapers and two weekly news magazines between January 2005 and October 2011, and selected a sample of … Continued

ARTICLE: South Korean news promote plastic surgery

News stories in South Korean news stories are turning into plastic surgery advertorials, writes Miri Moon, of Brunel University London. Moon analysed the frequency and tone of plastic surgery related news in South Korean news from between 2007 and 2013. The study shows major changes over time in both aspects. Firstly, the amount of plastic … Continued