ARTICLE: Greenpeace led Dutch nuclear energy debate

Greenpeace was better able to get its message across to Dutch newspapers than nuclear energy companies, write Jelle Boumans and Rens Vliegenthart, both of University of Amsterdam, and Hajo Boomgaarden, of University of Vienna. The authors analysed press releases from two nuclear energy producers and Greenpeace, wire copies from two Dutch news agencies, and news … Continued

ARTICLE: Advocacy groups most influential over UK press

Anti-fracking advocacy groups were most capable of getting their messages through to the British press, write Jordan Neil, Tiffany Schweickart, Tianduo Zhang and Spiro Kiousis, all four of University of Florida, Josephine Lukito, of University of Wisconsin, Ji Young Kim, of University of Hawaii, and Guy Golan, of Syracuse University (names not in original order). … Continued

ARTICLE: Balancing between PR and journalism

The editors working in custom publishing share many characteristics with journalists, writes Thomas Koch, of University of Mainz. Koch surveyd 197 German editors who worked in custom publishing, such as customer magazines. More custom publishing editors have journalistic than PR training, Koch found. Nearly half (46 %) had previous experience from working in journalism. In … Continued

ARTICLE: Deep impact of PR

PR influence on news coverage is affected by both the attributes of individual journalists and by journalistic work routines, write Magdalena Obermaier, of Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich, Thomas Koch, of Johannes Gutenberg-University of Mainz and Claudia Riesmeyer, of Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich. The scholars analyzed the extent and source of the perceived influence of PR on news coverage via a survey of German journalists.  They … Continued

ARTICLE: Journalists and NGO’s rally for the environment

When it comes to climate change, many journalists engage in co-production with NGO communicators, write Julia Lück, Antal Wozniak, and Hartmut Wessler, all of University of Mannheim. The authors interviewed 36 journalists attending three United Nations climate change conferences (in 2010, 2012 and 2013). The intimate working conditions at the conference, in addition to the … Continued

ARTICLE: Lifestyle journalists on commercial influences

In their newly published study Corinna Lauerer, Thomas Hanitzsch and Folker Hanusch explore how journalists experience the lifestyle industries try to shape their daily work, and how these journalists deal with these influences. 89 Australian and German lifestyle journalists were interviewed and according to Lauerer, Hanitzsch and Hanusch journalists are in a constant struggle over the control of editorial content, … Continued

ARTICLE: Digitalisation, crises, and ideals on trial

A new issue of the journal Journalism has been published. Here are our picks, focusing as always on the European side of journalism research. Philip Schlesinger and Gillian Doyle, both of University of Glasgow discuss “creative destruction” in their article about news media adjusting to the challenges of both digitalization and the Internet. The article … Continued

BOOK: Truthful journalism, and what’s hampering it

A newly published book, Todenmukainen journalismi (“Truthful journalism”), gives an overview of the different factors contributing to, or detracting from, the truthfulness of modern journalism. The volume is edited and by large parts authored by Heikki Kuutti, of University of Jyväskylä. Part of the book’s synthesis is a three-tiered model of journalistic content production. It … Continued

ARTICLE: Global journalism, PR views, and old debates

The journal Journalism Studies has published a small batch of online-first articles. We took a look at the three articles and summarized them below.   Sarah Van Leuven, of Ghent University, and Peter Berglez, of Örebro University, compared The Times, Le Monde and De Standaard in terms of “global journalism”. According to the authors’ quantitative … Continued

Research grants for drone journalism, advertising and live tweeting, among others

Stock photo courtesy of user niekverlaan. The Finnish research fund Helsingin Sanomain Säätiö has announced its newest grant recipients. Seven research projects were granted a total of 538 600 euros on December the 3rd. Mervi Pantti, of University of Helsinki, will be studying the portrayal of the Ukrainian crisis in the Finnish press. Mikko … Continued