ARTICLE: Most media inform better than mobile news apps

Citizens gain more political knowledge from almost any other news media than mobile news applications, a study on Danes discovered. Jakob Ohme, of University of Amsterdam, conducted a large-scale survey during the 2015 Danish election campaign. Over 9 000 people participated in the study, but only 1 108 completed both pre- and post-election surveys and … Continued


CFP | 11.12. | Is contemporary radio “free”?

The 9th Radio Conference is calling for contribution proposals. The event is organised by the The Monash University and Media, Communication and Cultural Studies Association. The conference will be held in Prato, Italy, between the 10th and 13th of July 2018. According to organisers, the event “takes inspiration from [..] the ‘Free Radio’ movement’s push … Continued


CFP | 1.4. | Roles of, and challenges to community radio

The Radio Journal is calling for articles for its upcoming special issue on community radio. Entitled “Current roles and contemporary challenges”, the issue is set to publish in October 2017. The issue is broadly interested in the different conditions community radio operates in around the world. The guest editors of the issue, Judith Purkarthofer (University … Continued


CFP | 15.04. | The relation between radio and journalism

The Radio Research 2017 conference is now looking for paper submissions. The conference is organised by the European Communication Research and Education Association’s Radio Research section. It will take place between the 12th and 14th of September 2017 in Lublin, Poland. The conference is entitled “Radio Relations” and it is interested in the relations between, … Continued

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ARTICLE: Journalists use statistics often, but poorly

The way statistics are used in journalism is in most cases inadequate, write Stephen Cushion, Justin Lewis, and Robert Callaghan, all of Cardiff University. The authors analysed nearly seven thousands UK news stories on television, radio, and the internet. Over one-fifth (22 per cent) of the analysed news made reference to statistics. In some subject … Continued

ARTICLE: BBC journalists not always neutral

The anchors of BBC’s daily radio news show Today sometimes violate their own editorial rules on impartiality, write Philip Mitchell, of University of South Wales, and James Stewart, of Cardiff University. The authors analyzed a constructed two-week period of Today‘s programming, collected from 2013 to 2015. The authors’ particular interest was on the use of … Continued

ARTICLE: Early WW 2 propaganda efforts by BBC in Germany failed

The 1940 Norwegian campaign spelled the failure of BBC’s German-language propaganda efforts, writes Stephanie Seul, of University of Bremen. Seul took a look at how the relationship between the UK government and BBC evolved from 1938 to 1940, and how this affected the BBC’s German service. BBC had begun broadcasting directly into Germany, in German, … Continued

ARTICLE: Different media, different practices

Differences in news making practices of Israeli media have been sketched out by Zvi Reich, of Ben Gurion University of the Negev. Reich conducted interviews with 108 journalists from Israeli newspapers, television and radio stations, and online news sites. By asking the journalists to reminisce randomly selected news pieces of their making, Reich was able … Continued