ARTICLE: Sensationalism in online news publications

Danielle K Kilgo, of University of Texas, Summer Harlow, of Florida State University, Víctor García-Perdomo, of University of Texas, and Ramón Salaverría, of University of Navarra examine how sensationalism impacts social sharing. The study is based on analysis of 400 articles from online news organizations across the Americas. The article evaluates the sensational treatment of … Continued

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ARTICLE: Gaming journalists defending their role during GamerGate

During the GamerGate controversy in 2014 and 2015, gaming journalists had to manage a debate on two fronts: defending gaming journalism and remediating attacks on women. Gregory Perreault of Appalachian State University and Tim Vos of University of Missouri conducted interviews with 17 gaming journalists and analysed several published responses to criticism. The authors conducted … Continued

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ARTICLE: Audience attitudes towards immigrants change depending on which news they watch

Television news offered by public service broadcasters are different from those by commercial broadcasters – and they have different effects on their audiences, write Laura Jacobs, Cecil Meeusen, and Leen d’Haenens, all of University of Leuven. The authors analysed the contents of 1 630 news items broadcast by the Flemish public broadcaster VRT and the … Continued

ARTICLE: Sensationalism in news coverage

New article by Bouchra Arbaoui, Knut De Swert and Wouter van der Brug, all of University of Amsterdam, explores how sensationalism in the news is affected by two characteristics of television systems: the dependency on commercial revenues and the audience fragmentation. The study is based on a sample of 14 television systems and 29 television stations in … Continued

ARTICLE: Science journalism headlines over-the-top

The headlines of science stories are often excessively emotive and exeggeratory, writes Katarzyna Molek-Kozakowska, of Opole University. The author studied the headlines of 400 most-read stories published on the website of the science magazine New Scientist. According to Molek-Kozakowska, the headlines mostly resemble the popular journalistic style rather than scientific style. This entails eye-catching, enthusing, … Continued

ARTICLE: Faces of victims and killers alike get forgotten

People usually don’t recognize the faces of murder victims, even if the case was widely publicised, write Michael Brookes, David Wilson, Elizabeth Yardley, Mohammed Rahman, Sophie Rowe, all of Birmingham City University. The authors showed 103 UK residents photos of both victims and their murderers to gauge how well the subjects could recall the people … Continued