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

ARTICLE: Political News in Online and Print Newspapers

Carina Jacobi, Katharina Kleinen-von Königslöw and Nel Ruigrok compare political news in popular and elite print newspapers and their respective online editions during the 2013 National Election Campaign in Austria. They claim that the gap in quality between political news in elite and in popular newspapers is larger online. The results seem to show that the move from print … Continued

ARTICLE: Death of TV critics?

Media-based critic has played and still plays an important role informing, reflecting on and shaping public debates, claims Paul Rixon. But are the newspaper-based TV critics facing their end? If so, what might be taking their place? Rixon explores the role of the TV critic and analyses the impact of new forms of digital communication on newspaper-based TV critics … Continued

ARTICLE: Gender equity in South African news media

South African news media have reached near gender parity in terms of the workforce. But do women have equal power to influence news agendas and to extend the broader public discourse, ask Ylva Rodny-Gumede in a newly published article. Through interviews with journalists the study shows that despite improved gender equity, female journalists do not think they have the … Continued

ARTICLE: Real pictures of current events

A recently published article by Christoph Raetzsch explores the photographic legacy of journalistic objectivity in early twentieth century America. Before halftones became the dominant mode of reproducing photojournalism in print media, wood engravings were the most used form of ‘illustrated journalism’. The study shows how objectivity became a dominant value in photojournalism after halftones were adopted as the main … Continued

ARTICLE: Print, local or general crisis?

The newspaper crisis is something all Western countries are facing. But is it a business model crisis for newspapers in general or only a local news crisis, ask Ingela Wadbring and Annika Bergström. Wadbring and Bergström analyse the consumption of newspapers and other local news media since 1986. The findings indicate that the newspaper crisis is general and the readership … Continued