Local news organizations in Germany and data journalism

The article “Local Data Journalism in Germany: Data-driven Reporting Amidst Local Communities and Authorities” by Florian Stalph from LMU Munich and Oliver Hahn and David Liewehr from University of Passau explored data journalism within local and regional news organizations in Germany. Data journalism is often associated with large organizations such as ProPublica or with major, … Continued


Potential of algorithmic news recommenders

The study “When Algorithms Recommend What’s New(s): New Dynamics of Decision-Making and Autonomy in Newsgathering” by Hannes Cools, Baldwin van Gorp and Michaël Opgenhaffen from KU Leuven, Belgium studied the new dynamics of algorithmic news recommenders (ANR) and how they influence the newsworkers’ role.  Algorithmic news recommenders (ANR) have been developed over the last ten … Continued


Mafia journalism as a discursive network beat

The study “ The Discursive Constitution of Mafia Journalism as a Network Beat” by Sergio Splendore from University of Milan investigates the work of mafia journalists. The article utilizes a institutional discursive approach to study mafia journalism as a discursive newsbeat, even if it is not recognized as an official newsbeat. All the major Italian … Continued


Impact of headline writing approach

The study “Anticipating Attention: On the Predictability of News Headline Tests” by Nick Hagar and Nicholas Diakopoulos from Northwestern University, and Burton DeWilde from b Chartbeat Inc. measured the importance of textual features to headline performance, in other words how effective a headline is in capturing the attention of the reader. Headlines in newsrooms are … Continued


Use of artificial intelligence in South African newsrooms

The study “Artificial Intelligence Practices in Everyday News Production: The Case of South Africa’s Mainstream Newsrooms” by Allen Munoriyarwa, Sarah Chiumbu and Gilbert Motsaathebe, all from University of Johannesburg, looks at to what extent artificial intelligence (AI) has been used in South African newsrooms and how journalists and editors perceive it. There is no common … Continued