Moral loadings in culture wars articles reflect a liberal pattern yet are objective

The study “ Objectivity and Moral Judgment in U.S. News Narratives: A Natural Language Processing Analysis of ‘Culture War’ Coverage” by Mengyao Xu from University of Missouri and Zhujin Guo from Clarkson University used Natural Language Processing tools to evaluate objectivity practice in terms of attitude injection by examining 20,679 culture news articles published in … Continued

Types of sources in climate change journalism in Indonesia

The study “News Sourcing Practices in Climate Reporting in Indonesia” by Mira Rochyadi-Reetz from Technische Universität Ilmenau looked at two types of news sources in Indonesian climate change reporting: people and actors, and information in form of international news flows from news wires and international media organizations. There is ample evidence that news media is … Continued

Article: How Do Investigative Journalists Initiate Their Stories? 

The study “How Do Investigative Journalists Initiate Their Stories?” by Lena Wuergler and Pauline Cancela from University of Neuchâtel interviewed Swiss investigative journalists to uncover the origin of investigative stories. Investigative journalism is seen contradictingly as both the way for journalism to survive amidst the changes to the journalistic ecosystem and as an endangered species. … Continued

Brexit-related othering was similar in broadsheets and tabloids

The study “Converging media-based othering in tabloids and broadsheets” by  Stefanie Walter from University of Munich and Zoltán Fazekas from Copenhagen Business School used word embeddings to analyze how different groups of citizens in Brexit-related news coverage are othered. The research on othering in media has looked at how the ingroup is portrayed or how … Continued

News ideology and media storms in France and Israel

The article “What Happens in the Eye of the Storm? News Ideology During Media Storms” by Doron Shultziner from Hadassah Academic College looked at the nexus of news ideology and media storms using two media storms to analyze the topic: the Yellow Vests Movement (2018) in France and the Occupy Movement (2011) in Israel. Media … Continued

The rise of National Socialism and opinion-leading media in Germany and Austria

The study “ Opinion-leading media as indicators of a democracy at risk: The press and the rise of National Socialism between 1927 and 1932” by Josef Seethaler and Gabriele Melischek looked at shifts in opinion-leading media in Germany and Austria from 1927 to 1932 – at the time when National Socialism rose to prominence. The … Continued

Egyptian newsrooms and development journalism

The study “Diffusion of Development Journalism Inside Egyptian Newsrooms” by Rasha Allam from the American University in Cairo and Ahmed el Gody from Orebro University looked at how development journalism had diffused among the editorial and journalist body in Egyptian newsrooms after the 2011 Arab Spring. The Arab Spring in 2011 led not only to … Continued

Journalistic boundary work at the corporate level

The study “Risk perception in newspaper chains: Threats, uncertainties and corporate boundary work” by Helle Sjøvaag and Thomas Owren from University of Stavanger interviewed chain newspaper CEOs in Scandinavia about long and short-term risks, future unknowns, decision-making within risky environments and the difference between editorial and business risks. There were five interviewees for the study, … Continued

Emotions in Euromyths news stories

New study by Imke Henkel “Euphoric defiance: the role of positive emotions in the British Eurosceptic discourse” analysed a sample of texts from a larger corpus of  334 Euromyths news stories. Henkel used critical discourse analysis building on appraisal theory and Roland Barthes´ theory of myths as a type of speech to study the stories.  … Continued

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Pre-established ideas shape journalists’ news selection and framing practices

The article “Maintenance of News Frames: How US, British and Russian News Made Sense of Unfolding Events in the Syrian Chemical Weapons Crisis” by Christian Baden of Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Katsiaryna Stalpouskaya of LMU Munich compares framing of the Syrian chemical weapons crisis in newspapers from three countries.  The study defines frames according … Continued