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ARTICLE: How the Chinese state brushes aside social problems

The Chinese state media uses ritualistic framing to distract public attention from the social issues related to the annual Spring Festival homecoming, writes Meng Li, of Loyola Marymount University. The author analysed the coverage of the 2013-2014 Spring Festival on a morning show on the state-controlled CCTV-2 channel. The Spring Festival is an annual celebration … Continued


CFP | 31.5. | History of “fake news” in print

A conference entitled “‘Fake news!’: an historical perspective” is calling for paper proposals. The event is organised by the Newspaper and Periodical History Forum of Ireland (NPHFI), and will take place on the 10th and 11th of November 2017 in Newcastle, United Kingdom. As suggested by the organiser’s title, the event is particularly interested in … Continued

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ARTICLE: For a while, Reuters pushed the Russian narrative of Ukraine

The news agency Reuters’ coverage of the Ukrainian crisis closely followed the line of the Russian state-controlled ITAR-TASS news agency, an analysis by Kohei Watanabe, of London School of Economics, reveals. Watanabe algorithmically analysed 9 281 news stories dealing with democracy in Ukraine, published by four news agencies in 2013 and 2014. The three Western … Continued

Picture: Ukraine: Survival on the frontline by People in Need, Nikishina, Ukraine, March 2015, license CC BY-ND 2.0

ARTICLE: Various frames to the Eastern Ukraine conflict

The coverage of the Eastern Ukraine conflict varied considerably depending on different countries’ news. Nataliya Roman of the University of North Florida, Wayne Wanta of the University of Florida and Iuliia Buniak of the internet publication Obozrevatel studied how the conflict was portrayed in major Russian (Channel One Russia), Ukrainian (1 + 1), and American … Continued

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ARTICLE: Four roles of war reporters on Twitter

The new environment of war correspondents is characterised by instant messaging, borderless interaction and information warfare. Markus Ojala and Mervi Pantti of the University of Helsinki and Jarkko Kangas of the University of Tampere studied how correspondents enact their professional roles in various ways via Twitter. The authors studied the tweets of three Finnish war … Continued

CFP: Reporting terrorism and anti-terrorism

The 12th Dubrovnik Media Days Conference is now looking for paper abstracts on the news coverage of terrorism. The event will be hosted by the University of Dubrovnik in Dubrovnik, Croatia on the 28th and 29th of October this year. The conference is entitled “(Un)Clear and present danger: terrorism, media and technology”. The event seeks … Continued

ARTICLE: Manufacturing moral panic over socialism

The Chilean newspaper El Mercurio used foreign news to display the country’s socialist government in a negative light, write Francisco Javier Alvear, of Universidad de Chile, and Jairo Lugo-Ocando of University of Leeds. They analysed 110 El Mercurio front pages from between 1970 and 1973. International news were the second most prominent news category on … Continued

ARTICLE: CCTV News fails due to obvious propaganda

China’s attempt to exert soft power through a global English language news channel, CCTV News, is in vain, writes John Jirik, a Turkey-based independent researcher. Jirik worked for the channel run by the national China Central Television (CCTV) for a total of five years. He observed the channel’s operations with his employer’s consent. According to … Continued

New International Journal of Communication out now

New issue of International Journal of Communication is now published. Four of the articles are especially interesting for those who are into journalism. Sasha Costanza-Chock and Pablo Rey Mazón write about PageOneX, an open source software tool they designed to aid in the coding, analysis, and visualization of newspaper front pages.  Kate Wright creates a theoretical model for studying relations between journalists … Continued

ARTICLE: The Irish unfazed by WWI enlistment propaganda

Only one major Irish newspaper picked up the cause of promoting recruitment during the Great War, writes Mark O’Brien, of Dublin City University. The author analysed the coverage three national, Irish newspapers gave to a press tour of the front lines arranged by the British War Office. The papers in question are the Irish Times, … Continued