ARTICLE: Value of news in everyday life

In a world with a wide range of possibilities to consume news for free, paying for news can be considered an act of civic engagement, claim Joëlle Swart, Chris Peters and Marcel Broersma. They analyze the value of different platforms, genres, and practices in everyday life by mapping patterns of cross-media news use. Findings indicate that users do not always … Continued

ARTICLE: Trust issues in online journalism

Polls indicate that trust in journalism, especially online journalism, is rather low in Western societies. To assess the difference in offline and online trust, Katherine M. Grosser develops a model of trust in online journalism that illustrates how the developments in journalism reflecting digitization impact on trust. While the way the trust mechanism works is … Continued

New issue of European Journal of Communication published

The newest issue of bi-monthly European Journal of Communication is published now. The magazine is interested in communication research and theory in all its diversity, and seeks to reflect and encourage the variety of intellectual traditions in the field and to promote dialogue between them. The articles cover themes such as live tweeting a political debate, … Continued

ARTICLE: Homosexuality in sports journalism

In 2014 when professional football player Thomas Hitzlsperger  announced that he is gay, media response was overwhelming. Christiana Schallhorn and Anne Hempel conducted a qualitative content analysis of three newspapers ZEIT, FAZ, and SZ to explore the main topics of coverage of Hitzlsperger’s coming-out, as well as broader discussions about homosexuality in sport and society. They … Continued

ARTICLE: Different news read online and in print

The audience reads different news stories online than in print, write Torbjörn von Krogh, of Mid Sweden University and Ulrika Andersson, of University of Gothenburg. The authors compared the results of a telephone survey on the readership of a Swedish newspaper, and that newspaper’s web page’s metrics from the same time period. Print readers not … Continued

REPORT: Updates on Swedish and Norwegian media

Newspaper industries in both Sweden and Norway are declining, recent statistics show. However, the Swedish newspaper industry has been able to break its fall by cutting losses and increasing subscription prices. Meanwhile in Norway, newspapers’ digital subscription profits are in a steep increase, yet still insufficient to cover its losses in print. The insights come … Continued

ARTICLE: Violent women in tabloids in Finland

Women as perpetrators of violence are often portrayed as strong agents with an antisocial will to hurt others, write Satu Venäläinen. The focus of her new article is on the ways in which women’s violence is made meaningful in Finnish tabloids. The analysis attempts to dissect the ways in which the identities of “feminine women” and “violent women” … Continued

ARTICLE: Late parenting in UK press

Late parenting is represented in news discourse as a challenging concept in various ways, in contrast to ‘normative’ parenting, writes Virpi Ylänne, of Cardiff University. She analysed 90 UK newspaper articles on late parenting and found five main news frames: social change, personal frame, risks of late parenting, older continued parenting and reproductive technology–enabled parenting. According to … Continued

ARTICLE: News from the future

Political news in Danish newspapers might have become less future-oriented over the 1997–2013 period, write Kenneth Reinecke Hansen of University of Southern Denmark. This is according to the significant decline in modal verbs in the present (future) tense. However, at the same time the articles seem to become slightly more speculative. Methodologically the scholar applied the corpus linguistic methods of keyword … Continued

ARTICLE: More accurate reporting in child abuse is needed

Emma Davies, of Liverpool John Moores University, Erin O’Leary, of Liverpool John Moores University and John Read, of Swinburne University of Technology study how child abuse and neglect were reported in a sample of newspaper articles between 2003 and 2013 in England and Wales. The research shows that although neglect and emotional abuse are the most common causes of child … Continued