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Trends In Public Support For Journalists And The Media Lee B. Becker

Abstract: The public is very critical of the journalists and of the news media, an extensive review of public opinion research over the last 40 years shows. The public has become more critical of journalists and of news organizations over time. What can be done–if anything–to reverse the trends in use and assessment isn’t clear […]

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Curricular Change and Citizen-Centered Journalism Lee B. Becker

Abstract: This report examines eight journalism programs at universities in the United States that have made efforts to change their curricula to embrace citizens in a new way. As such, they are at least to some extent critical of what has been done in the past. And they are suggestive of what might be done […]

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Valence-based Homophily on Twitter Itai Himelboim and Spencer Tinkham

Abstract: This study integrates network and content analyses to examine valence-based homophily on Twitter or the tendency for individuals to interact with those expressing similar valence. During the 2012 federal election cycle, we collected Twitter conversations about 10 controversial political topics and mapped their network ties. Using network analysis, we discovered clusters—subgroups of highly self-connected […]

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What moves young people to journalism in a transitional country Ivanka (Radovic) Pjesivac

Abstract: This study tested the impact of motivations on willingness to work in journalism among journalism students in Serbia, through a national survey at four major journalism programs in the country. The results showed that both intrinsic and extrinsic motivations have a significant impact on willingness to work in journalism, with one extrinsic motivation (achievement […]

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Attribution of global ethical norms Ivanka (Radovic) Pjesivac

Abstract: This study examined, by comparative thematic analysis, public perceptions of global journalistic norms of independence and integrity by studying perceptions of news media corruption in three Eastern European countries: Serbia, Macedonia, and Croatia. In-depth interviews with 61 representatives of the three nations revealed that, in the public eye, the breaches of journalistic independence and […]

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Corporate WeChat Communication in China Yan Jin

Abstract: This study tackles the gap in public relations research on how corporations utilize WeChat, the dominant social media in China, to communicate and interact with publics. Using a content analysis of 1,488 WeChat posts of 15 top Chinese business-to-consumer enterprises, this study examined how the organizational factors (i.e., company type, ownership, and industry) and […]

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Do demographics matter Ivanka (Radovic) Pjesivac

Abstract: This study examined individual differences in perceived news media corruption (PNMC), by conducting a face-to-face survey on a stratified random sample of the Serbian population (N=544). Extremely high levels of PNMC were found, as well as significant differences in PNMC scores for gender, education level, socioeconomic status, political affiliation, and membership in majority ethnic […]

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Factors Influencing Journalism Performance in Developing and Transitional Countries Ann Hollifield, Lee B. Becker & Tudor Vlad

Abstract: In the past quarter century, governments, foundations, and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) have poured vast sums of money into emerging and transitional countries with the goal of developing  sustainable, high-quality news media.  The goal has been to encourage journalism that meets generally accepted international standards for professional journalism that supports transparent, democratic, non-corrupt government, and economic […]

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Factors Influencing Journalism Performance in Developing and Transitional Countries Ann Hollifield, Lee B. Becker & Tudor Vlad

Abstract: This study examines the economic, organizational, legal, and political factors in the ecology of news organizations that are related to the production of quality journalism in developing and transitional countries.  The study uses data generated by the International Research and Exchange Board (IREX) and ZenithOptimedia to examine the research question. Fuzzy Set Qualitative Comparative […]

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Governmental control of the Internet and WikiLeaks Ivanka (Radovic) Pjesivac

Abstract: This study looked at how newspapers operating in nations with varying degrees of governmental Internet control discussed Internet freedom of expression within their coverage of Wikileaks. This was done through a thematic analysis of news items about WikiLeaks and Internet freedom of expression in the left-leaning newspapers of The Guardian (Great Britain), Le Monde […]

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