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ARTICLE: Teaching the basics of data journalism

In a new research article Grant Hannis, of Massey University, examines a study module that introduces the basic concepts and practices of data journalism. The case study looks at a three-hour long data journalism module, part of the postgraduate journalism programme taught at Massey University, New Zealand. The module goes through the following steps: introducing … Continued

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ARTICLE: Panama Papers enabled policy change in New Zealand, but faded quickly

The Panama Papers data leak and media collaboration in 2016 were unprecedented in scale, and drew unprecedented news focus to global tax abuse. Thomas Owen and Taylor Annabell, of Auckland University of Technology, studied the coverage of Panama Papers in New Zealand media, analyzing thosands of articles from 23 news outlets. The data leaks functioned … Continued

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ARTICLE: New Zealand’s media is converging beyond ownership concentration

Ownership concentration is not the only relevant measure of media convergence, although it is the only form that has been researched in the New Zealand context, Merja Myllylahti, of Auckland University of Technology, writes. Myllylahti analysed a host of studies, corporate documents and press reports in order to map out how different forms of convergence … Continued

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ARTICLE: Organisation, role and ethics predict journalists’ perceptions of aggressive newsgathering

How acceptable do journalists see aggressive newsgathering practices? James Hollings and Ravi Balasubramanian, both of Massey University, and Thomas Hanitzsch, of LMU Munich (authors not in original order), aimed to create reliable predictors for these controversial practices. The article proposes an exploratory theoretical model based on risk-taking theory. The model is validated using a survey … Continued

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ARTICLE: More news exposure increases Islamophobia

New Zealanders who consume more news experience more anger and less warmth towards Muslims, write John H. Shaver, of University of Otago, Chris G. Sibley and Danny Osborne, both of University of Auckland, and Joseph Bulbulia, of Victoria University of Wellington. The authors analysed data from a large-scale survey of adult New Zealanders (N=16584). The … Continued

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ARTICLE: Political journalists keep their Twitter profiles professional

Journalists covering parliamentary affairs in the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and New Zealand have more professional than personal Twitter profiles, Folker Hanusch, of University of Vienna, writes. Hanusch analysed the identifiable profiles of all press-gallery reporters in the four countries, 679 in total. Broadly speaking, information pertinent to a corporate identity was more common than … Continued

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ARTICLE: New Zealand’s media failed to build consensus about Snowden revelations

Some time after the early Snowden revelations in 2013, New Zealand implemented new surveillance reforms. Kathleen Kuehn of Victoria University of Wellington studied how Snowden’s revelations were framed. The author conducted a media framing analysis of 156 news stories from two commercial newspapers and the national public broadcaster in New Zealand. According to the results, … Continued

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ARTICLE: Anzac Day coverage marginalizes the Māori

In their Anzac Day coverage New Zealand newspapers focus on New Zealanders of European descent, or Pākehā, while marginalizing the native Māori, write Alex McConville, Tim McCreanor, and Helen Moewaka Barnes, all of Massey University, with Margaret Wetherell, of the University of Auckland (names not in original order). The authors analysed 77 news stories relating … Continued