A study from Journalism Practice looks at how effective social media is in reaching audiences for news. It compares Facebook and Twitter and suggests that Twitter might just have the advantage. Researchers believe this is the case because Twitter is primarily used for reading and posting tweets, while Facebook has many additional functions. “In other words, Facebook is a social network while Twitter is more of social media—more news-orientated, or more ‘newsful.’ ”
Researchers Ju, Joeng, and Chyi were interested in several different questions: “How many major U.S. newspapers are using Facebook and Twitter to reach social media users?” and “Which social media platform—Facebook or Twitter—is more effective in attaining subscribers?” Read more
Watergate forever changed American journalism. That’s how many American journalists, especially political reporters, remember the relentless, investigative reporting that brought down Richard Nixon. After Watergate (1972-1974) there was no going back to journalistic practices—so prevalent in the 1950s—of cozying up to politicians. But was it solely the Watergate scandal that made journalists assert themselves more aggressively and question political authority? In a recent study Katherine Fink and Michael Schudson from Columbia University argue that there might be other reasons for that shift.
They agree that over the past 50 to 60 years “journalists have come to present themselves as more aggressive, that news stories have grown longer, and that journalists are less willing to have politicians and other government officials frame stories and more likely to advance analysis and context on their own.” In their view, however, a less noticeable but more global change in the culture and mentality of media practitioners took place. Read more
The Pew Internet and American Life Project examines social isolation and new technology.
Lee Rainie, director of the project, set out to test the assumption that the Internet contributes to feelings of isolation. The Pew survey finds that Americans are not as isolated as previously reported. In fact, use of the mobile phone and the Internet is associated with larger and more diverse discussion networks.
For the full Pew report, click here.
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Schweizer Journalist, 2+03/2009
Communications researchers and journalists could stand to learn a great deal from one another, yet in Germany and the U.S. an invisible wall seems to separate the two fields.
Imagine your physician tells you, “What medical scientists research at universities is irrelevant to my work as a physician. Therefore, I don’t read medical journals.” Would you continue to trust this doctor?
The Italianization Model? A Comparative Perspective on the East Central European and South European Media Systems
To compare media systems in Western Europe and North America, Paolo Mancini of University of Perugia, Italy, and Daniel C. Hallin of University of California, San Diego, USA, proposed a framework of four major dimensions.