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ARTICLE: Online news look at the past, print to the future

US and Israeli online news are mainly oriented towards the past, not the future, write Keren Tenenboim-Weinblatt, of Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and Motti Neiger, of Netanya Academic College. The authors analysed 477 print and 120 online news stories from between 1950 and 2013, investigating changes in the news’ “temporal affordances”. The authors begin by … Continued

ARTICLE: Changing news topics in newspaper websites

Article by Michael Bo Karlsson, of Karlstad University, explores the tabloidization effect in Sweden and in United Kingdom. The study is based on a week-sized sample of six news sites during 2002, 2007 and 2012 and it covers news sites within tabloid, quality morning, and local/regional varieties. Results show that there is an overall tabloidization … Continued

REPORT: Challenges and opportunities for news media

We are moving towards an increasingly digital, mobile, and social media environment with more intense competition for attention, write Rasmus Kleis Nielsen, Alessio Cornia and Antonis Kalogeropoulos. More and more people access and find news via social media. Newly published RISJ report reviews challenges and opportunities for news media and journalism in the changing media … Continued


CFP: The recent history of provincial newspapers

A one-day conference entitled “Provincial Newspapers: Lessons from History” is looking for paper proposals. The conference will take place on the 8th of September 2017 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. The event organisers welcome a wide range of topics relating to provincial newspapers, from their history to possible futures, from financial aspects to community roles. Suitable … Continued

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ARTICLE: Print and broadcast journalists still don’t get along

Newspaper and television journalists continue to distrust each other, Vincent Filak, of University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, writes. Filak surveyed 191 US journalists over their thoughts on newsroom convergence, and compared those results to an earlier study from 2004. The respondents were presented with hypothetical plans to converge print and broadcast operations. Both groups of journalists viewed … Continued

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ARTICLE: Local news are too hard to understand

Local newspapers are written in a manner which makes the news hard to understand, Ben Wasike of University of Texas Rio Grande Valley writes. The author analysed local newspaper content from 40 US counties and compared that information to census data from those areas. The author used two measures to analyse the news: the Flesch–Kincaid … Continued

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ARTICLE: South European newspapers adapt better to convergence

Spanish and Portuguese newspapers are more willing to embrace convergence than their Dutch, Swiss, German, or Austrian peers, a new international study finds. The project interviewed a total of 228 editors and other decision makers in regional and national newspapers from all six countries. The research team comprises Manuel Menke and Susanne Kinnebrock, both of … Continued

REPORT: US papers fall into the hands of investment groups

Large numbers of small and mid-sized newspapers in the US are being bought off by investment groups for short term profit, a new report from the University of North Carolina’s School of Media and Journalism states. The research looked at ownership trends between 2004 and 2016. According to the report, the three largest US newspaper … Continued

ARTICLE: Burmese refugees in Indiana news media

This study investigates how Burmese refugees were framed by Fort Wayne’s The Journal Gazette located in Indiana where refugee resettlement has taken place over the last two decades, write Emily A Ehmer, of Texas State University, and Ammina Kothari, of Rochester Institute of Technology. 335 stories and 286 accompanying images were analysed. The findings indicate that … Continued