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How people make sense of incidental news

A new study by Manuel Goyanes of University Carlos III de Madrid and Marton Demeter of National University of Public Service, Budapest, contributes to the ongoing research on incidental news consumption in social media platforms. Goyanes and Demeter studied how people make sense, how they cognitively appraise, and how they construct and perceive the effect … Continued

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ARTICLE: Public broadcasters in Portugal and Spain were heavily impacted by austerity policies

The external financial assistance provided for European countries in crises starting in 2009, had a major impact for many public services in these countries, including public service broadcasting. The article written by Elsa Costa e Silva of Minho University and María-Jesús Díaz-González of Universidade da Coruña looks at the effects of austerity policy measures implemented, … Continued

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ARTICLE: Journalists at El Mundo use emotional and social resources to cope with uncertainty

How does uncertainty affect journalists’ job expectations? Manuel Goyanes and Eduardo Francisco Rodríguez-Gómez, of Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, did observation at the workplace and interviews with 27 managers and journalists at El Mundo newspaper in Spain. The organization has faced fierce financial turmoil and several redundancy plans in the last years. To manage with … Continued

ARTICLE: Official leaks receive more attention than citizens’ leaks

Leaks are important sources for journalism. Authors Víctor Sampedro, F Javier López-Ferrández and Álvaro Carretero, all from the Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, divided leaks first into two types: official ones (the Monedero Case and the Pujol Case) and those originating from citizens (the Falciani List). According to the authors, official leaks are carried out by elites … Continued

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ARTICLE: Spanish press prefers a “loyal facilitator” role in covering business

Spanish newspapers emphasize different journalistic roles when dealing with different topics, María Luisa Humanes, of University Rey Juan Carlos, and Sergio Roses, of University of Málaga, write. The authors analysed 2 278 news articles published by four Spanish newspapers in 2012 and 2013. The sample consists of articles from the papers Abc, El País, El … Continued

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ARTICLE: Spanish media frames obesity most often by presenting solutions and recommendations

Obesity has become one of the main health concerns of modern society. Its coverage has placed much emphasis on personal responsibility. José I Armentia and Flora Marín, of the University of Basque Country, examined the framing used by Spanish daily newspapers El País, La Vanguardia, and El Correo throughout 2015. During the year, the newspapers … Continued

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ARTICLE: Popular Spanish news and talk radio programmes blend advertising with journalistic content

According to a report published in 2017, radio is the most reliable news source in Spain and radio journalists have considerable social influence to a lot of listeners. Sometimes radio hosts or collaborators also act as advertising endorsers. Clara Muela-Molina and Eva Reinares-Lara of Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, and Josefa D. Martín-Santana of Universidad de … Continued

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ARTICLE: Spain’s “Link Tax” increased fragmentation of online news consumption

The 2015 “Link Tax” legislation is Spain imposed a copyright fee for showing snippets of content created by newspapers. Similar regulations are being considered on the European level. Silvia Majó-Vásquez, of the University of Oxford, Ana S. Cardenal, of the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, and Sandra González-Bailón, of the University of Pennsylvania, examined the impact … Continued

ARTICLE: Slow journalism startups in Spain

Alejandro Barranquero Carretero and Garbiñe Jaurrieta Bariain examine slow media practices in Spain within a context of economic and media crisis. The case study is based on interviews with Jot Down cultural magazine’s head and staff as well as on an online survey to its collaborators. The study concludes that there is no closed model for slow … Continued

Latest issue of Communication & Society published

New issue of quarterly published Communication & Society is out now. The journal’s aim is to make research contributions to the field of communication from a variety of perspectives. The new online magazine covers themes such as crisis of journalism, dis-information and journalism education. The issue can be found here. Picture: Telephone Switchboard Operators – a vintage … Continued