Nudging as a tool to promote media pluralism

The study “To Nudge or Not to Nudge: News Recommendation as a Tool to Achieve Online Media Pluralism” by Judith Vermeulen from Ghent University examined the issue of online access diversity – guaranteed by Article 10 European Convention Human Rights – and how to promote it while maintaining autonomy and freedom of choice for the … Continued


Framework for audience fragmentation as a global phenomenon using India as a case study

The study “Rethinking Audience Fragmentation Using a Theory of News Reading Publics: Online India as a Case Study” by Subhayan Mukerjee from National University of Singapore used the case of online India to build a more inclusive theoretical framework for audience fragmentation studies that is not so Western-centric but extends to the Global South. Audience … Continued


Flood photo galleries and their newsworthiness

The study “Their floods and Our floods: News values of flood photo galleries of Associated Press and Xinhua News Agency” by Hailing Yu and Guanfeng Chen from Hunan University investigated two news outlets, Associated Press (AP) and Xinhua News Agency (Xinhua) and how their photo galleries presented floods as newsworthy. Photo galleries are a relatively … 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


Adoption of Peace Journalism framework to covering Covid-19

New article “Covering the Covid-19 Pandemic Using Peace Journalism Approach” by Metin Ersoy and Tamar Haruna Dambo from Eastern Mediterranean University in Famagusta, North Cyprus studies Peace Journalism in the context of Covid-19 coverage in online news outlets.  The study proposes two research questions: 1) which news stories about Covid-19 reflect PJ principles in selected … Continued


Use of conservative summary sites linked to hostile media perception

New study “Anti-media expression by citizens: conservative summary sites, hostile media perceptions, and media trust in Japan” by Masahiro Yamamoto and Hyerim Jo of University at Albany, State University of New York, and Weina Ran of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute examines the links between anti-media messages, hostile media perceptions, and media trust.  The authors hypothesize that … Continued


ARTICLE: The upper class does not exclusively read high-brow news

Individuals with more cultural capital are not necessarily “snobbish” but rather “omnipotent” in their news consumption, write Jonas Ohlsson and Sofia Arkhede, both of University of Gothenburg, with Johan Lindell, of Karlstad University (names not in original order). The authors analysed the survey results from a 2014 national survey on Swedes’ opinions, demographics and lifestyles. … Continued


ARTICLE: Traditional news values predict online sharing

Traditional news values that define “newsworthiness” by and large also set the “shareworthiness” of news stories on social media, write Damian Trilling, of University of Amsterdam, Petro Tolochko, of University of Vienna, and Björn Burscher of the ICT company Textkernel. The authors algorithmically analysed a total of 132 682 news stories and social media interactions … Continued


ARTICLE: Sámi minority news spark identity debates

Comments on the Finnish public broadcaster’s (YLE) Sámi minority news radio station always turn to identities, write Terttu Kortelainen and Anni-Siiri Länsman, both of University of Oulu. The authors analyzed the comments on YLE Sápmi radio station’s webpage and on its Facebook page. Their aim was to find out which news gathered the minority audience’s … Continued