News framing of Yandex-presented Russian news in three countries

The study “Is all Russian news the same? Framing in Russian news media generated by the Yandex news algorithm for the United States, Estonia, and Russia.” by Heidi Erbsen and Siim Põldre from University of Tartu was a study on news framing comparing how Yandex news algorithm displayed Russian news in United States, Estonia, and … Continued

East Ukrainian media audiences and discussion modes

The article “Logics of Exclusion: How Ukrainian Audiences Renegotiate Propagandistic Narratives in Times of Conflict” by Olga Pasitselska from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem was a discourse and conversational analysis of shared meanings among media audiences in Eastern Ukraine, and their interaction modes. The context of the study was the pre-invasion Russian-Ukrainian conflict in Eastern … Continued

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Pre-established ideas shape journalists’ news selection and framing practices

The article “Maintenance of News Frames: How US, British and Russian News Made Sense of Unfolding Events in the Syrian Chemical Weapons Crisis” by Christian Baden of Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Katsiaryna Stalpouskaya of LMU Munich compares framing of the Syrian chemical weapons crisis in newspapers from three countries.  The study defines frames according … Continued

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ARTICLE: Russia frames itself as a stabilizing force in the world

How does Russia’s state-controlled and state-affiliated media frame the country’s role in the world? Robert S. Hinck, of Monmouth College, with Randolph Kluver and Skye Cooley, both of Oklahoma State University, analysed hundreds of Russian television and online news stories related to a number of international topics. Sometimes the coverage presents contradictory details, but the … Continued

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ARTICLE: Millenials’ definition of “news” is becoming broader

The so-called Millenial generation considers as “news” a wider selection of information than what journalists and scholars usually do. This finding is reported by Natalia Rulyova, of University of Birmingham, and Hannah Westley, of The American University of Paris. The authors analysed the media diaries of 189 university students from Russia, France, United Kingdom, and … Continued

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ARTICLE: Being a liberal journalist in contemporary Russia

It is problematic to apply Western-centric media system theories to contemporary neo-authoritarian Russia, in light of mechanisms used by the state to control the media and the country’s overall development, a new study finds. Vera Slavtcheva-Petkova, of the University of Chester, studied the conditions of liberal journalists in the country. The author conducted a semi-ethnographic … Continued

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ARTICLE: Russian regional papers neglect online journalism

Innovation and resources put into developing online journalism are scarce in Russian regional newspapers, write Elina Erzikova, of Central Michigan University, and Wilson Lowrey, of University of Alabama. The authors investigated three regional papers published in one of Russia’s 83 provinces. Erzikova and Lowrey interviewed 26 journalists individually, conducted focus groups with “rank-and-file” reporters, observed … Continued

CFP: World of Media 2017 issue

The editors of World of Media, Journal of Russian Media and Journalism Studies are now inviting submissions for World of Media 2017. The journal appears annually. They accept papers throughout the whole year. Deadline for the 2017 issue is 15 September, 2016. Submitted papers should be no longer than 5 000 words, accompanied by a short … Continued

BOOK: Russian, Polish and Swedish journalists compared

Russian, Polish and Swedish journalists can be seen as members of a shared community, write Gunnar Nygren, of Södertorn University, and Bogusława Dobek-Ostrowska, of University of Wrocław. They present the argument in the conclusion to a recently published anthology, also edited by Nygren and Dobek-Ostrowska, which details the findings of a large-scale comparative research on … Continued

BOOK: Contemporary issues in Central and Eastern European journalism

A new volume in the series Studies in Communication and Politics, published by Peter Lang, is out. Journalism that matters: Views from Central and Eastern Europe features ten chapters detailing the states of contermporary journalism in CEE countries. The book is edited by Michał Głowacki, of University of Warsaw, Epp Lauk, of University of Jyväskylä, … Continued