REPORT: Talking about science and badgers

The news stories surrounding a controversial badger cull made use of only a small circle of select scientists, writes Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism (RISJ) fellow and BBC journalist Helen Briggs. Briggs studied some 160 articles, columns and editorials published in UK newspapers regarding the topic. The author also conducted interviews with both … Continued


ARTICLE: Different media, different practices

Differences in news making practices of Israeli media have been sketched out by Zvi Reich, of Ben Gurion University of the Negev. Reich conducted interviews with 108 journalists from Israeli newspapers, television and radio stations, and online news sites. By asking the journalists to reminisce randomly selected news pieces of their making, Reich was able … Continued



ARTICLE: Press dominates Twitter in murder case uproar

Twitter messages, or tweets, make extensive use of mainstream media’s news pieces, while the opposite hardly happens, write Tony McEnery, Mark McGlashan and Robbie Love, all of Lancaster University. They performed a corpus linguistic analysis on the tweets and news stories published in relation to a prominent UK murder case in 2013. The authors researched … Continued


ARTICLE: International press fuels EU’s crises

English language elite press paints a consistently negative picture of the European Union’s future, write Mai’a Davis Cross, of Northwestern University, and Xinru Ma, of University of Southern California. They studied articles published in Time Magazine, The Economist, International Herald Tribune and Financial Times during three separate crises in the EU between 2003 and 2012. … Continued



ARTICLE: Fresh online video from Spanish newspapers

Online videos provided by Spanish newspapers have come a long way since the early 2000’s, writes Samuel Negredo, of University of Navarra. He studied 522 videos from four organizations to see if classic typologies of video content would still apply. They do not, Negredo found. His results were published in a recent issue of the … Continued


ARTICLE: Between journalism and authorship in 1880-1920

During the heyday of industrial era mass press journalists were hardly seen as equals by authors, writes Sarah Lonsdale of City University of London. She studied the ways how both journalists and authors, and those crossing the fault line either way, represented their occupations in the time period between 1880 and 1920. The results are … Continued


ECREA2014: Session Summary of “Business strategies in journalism: paywalls, start-ups, and crowdfunding”

The second set of todays parallel sessions of journalism studies featured subjects ¬†A) “Practises of journalism: understanding the newsroom” and B) Business strategies in journalism: paywalls, start-ups and crowdfunding. Our recap focuses on the latter subject. The first speaker of the set was Dimitri Pradner who had (in collaboration with¬†Susanne Kirchhoff and Roman Hummel) conducted … Continued