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ARTICLE: Challenging the political elite remains restricted in India

The relationship between the news media and individuals of the political elite in India can be conceptualized as ‘contingent heteronomy’, a new study argues. Swati Maheshwari and Colin Sparks, of Hong Kong Baptist University, studied how authoritative and populist leaders like the Gandhis and Modi manipulate media power in the country. They interviewed 40 journalists … Continued


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ARTICLE: Scandinavian news websites are not linked on equal terms

Hyperlinking patterns of news websites can be seen as indicators of flow of information. News outlets are not connected equally, and significant parts of the journalistic sector are disconnected from the digital ecology, a new study finds. Researchers wanted to find out what the structural properties of media systems mean for the centrality of news … Continued


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ARTICLE: Chinese media frame Islam and Muslims negatively

Chinese state news reports project an overall negative view of Muslims, a new study shows. Luwei Rose Luqiu of Pennsylvania State University, and Fan Yang of the University at Albany, conducted a three-part research about Islamophobia. The researchers did a content analysis of Chinese state news media reports from 2005-2015 about Muslims and Islam (n=15 427), … Continued


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ARTICLE: Politically active people in Taiwan still read print newspapers

Tien-Tsung Lee of the University of Kansas, and Yuki Fujioka of Georgia State University analyzed data from the Taiwan Communication Survey (TCS) from 2013, looking at which news and information sources are connected to civic and political participation. Their sample included 2 000 Taiwanese adults. Print newspaper reading was positively associated with both online and offline … Continued


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ARTICLE: The BBC does not live out the ideals of public service broadcasting

Independent and strong enough public service broadcasters are often seen as a defence against overly commercialized or state-captured media. The BBC has been praised as a global standard bearer in broadcast radio and television. Even though its relationship with the government and the so-called establishment is not straighforward, the company is far from being totally … Continued


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ARTICLE: Big news agencies do not necessarily dominate international news coverage

Three transnational news agencies have dominated the wholesales of news. As media ecosystems are changing, so is the role of the agencies. Ali Rafeeq and Shujun Jiang of the United Arab Emirates University, examine the influence of Associated Press (AP), Reuters, and Agence France-Presse (AFP), titled the ‘Big Three’, on three online newspapers. The news … Continued


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ARTICLE: Perceptions of audience shaping Al Jazeera’s news

What do journalists imagine their audiences are like, and how does this affect their work? Julian Matthews of the University of Leicester, and Maiya Al Habsi of Al-Bayan College, studied the topic in a non-national and more global context. They examined news professionals’ perceptions of the Arab news audience at Al Jazeera, and how it … Continued


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ARTICLE: US and China covered 2016 Olympic gymnastics very differently

Olympic Games are inherently nationalized competitions. Despite their differences, both the US network NBC and Chinese CCTV prioritize gymnastics coverage during the Summer Olympics. Andrew Billings and Qingru Xu of the University of Alabama, James R. Angelini of the University of Delaware and Paul J. MacArthur of Utica College, did a content analysis of 23 … Continued


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ARTICLE: “News ecosystem” is not a neutral term

The commonly used term “news ecosystem” is not devoid of normative assumptions, but instead invokes ideological interpretation, Anthony Nadler, of Ursinus College, writes. Nadler’s essay chronicles how the term was imported from ecology to media studies, and critically analyses its use. The metaphor is not without merits, as it puts emphasis on the interconnections of … Continued