Internet searches using terms like "unemployment benefits", "bankruptcy" and "foreclosure" have leaped dramatically in frequency during the past year, according to an analysis by comScore Inc. Call it a digital sign of the times.
Selected articles from the most recent issue of the Canadian Journal of Communcation of interest to the journalism community:
Listening to Labour: Mainstream Media, Talk Radio, and the 2005 B.C. Teachers Strike, by Shane Gunster, Simon Fraser University (Article available to non-subscribers)
Conditional Hospitality: Framing Dialogue on Poverty in Montréal Newspapers, by Greg M. Nielsen, Concordia University
Getting the Picture: Airtime and Lineup Bias on Canadian Networks during the 2006 Federal Election, by Marsha Barber, Ryerson University
Racializing the Audience: Immigrant Perceptions of Mainstream Canadian English Language TV News, by Minelle Mahtani, University of Toronto
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The most recent issue of Journalism Studies focuses on Europe. Articles include:
The Mohammed cartoons crisis in the British and Greek press, by Anna Triandafyllidou
Travel journalism, by Ben Cocking
Reflections on changing patterns of journalism in the new EU countries, by Epp Lauk
Divisions and struggles of the Slovenian journalistic guild, by Primoz Krasovec and Igor Z. Zaga
Exploring the European elite sphere, by Farrel Corcoran and Declan Farrel
An elusive trans-national public sphere?, by Paschal Preston
Europe in crisis, by Michal Krzyzanowski
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The report used the word shock in describing the degree to which "what we once thought of as the mainstream news media serving a general public has indeed shrunk." But the story is not that simple: "a new sector of niche media has grown in its place, offering more specialized and detailed information than the general media to smaller, elite audiences, often built around narrowly targeted financial, lobbying and political interests."
As an Associated Press report notes the report also said "Washington also has many more foreign reporters covering the U.S. from their perspective" including nearly the same number of journalists working for Arab news channel Al-Jazeera as work for the American CBS News, and adding that "The Canadian Press maintains an office in Washington to cover politics and a range of other issues."
The rest of the world, of course, has a stake in knowing what's going on in Washington. So do Americans -- the surprise should be that they have let their news gathering agencies atrophy.
Some young people who wouldn't be caught dead reading a newspaper today expect they will in the future. That's what doctoral student Seth C. Lewis found when he surveyed students at two U.S. universities. While only 14 per cent of the more than 1,200 students surveyed would openly admit to reading a non-student print product today, 41 per cent said they expected to be newspaper readers five years from now. However, just to put things in perspective, 71 per cent said they expected to be reading online news sites five years from now, compared to the 58 per cent who read online news today. The research was published in the latest issue of Newspaper Research Journal.
Journalists and intellectuals in the origins of the Brazilian press (1808-22), by Heci Regina Candiani
The past and the future of Brazilian television news, by Beatriz Becker and Celeste González de Bustamante
Cultural journalism in Brazil: Academic research, visibility, mediation and news values, by Cida Golin and Everton Cardoso
Notes on media, journalism education and news organizations in Brazil, by Sonia Virgínia Moreira and Carla Leal Rodrigues Helal
Journalism in the age of the information society, technological convergence, and editorial segmentation: Preliminary observations, by Francisco José Castilhos Karam
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edited by DAVID SECKO
assistant editor ELYSE AMEND
Each month, we review scholarly studies of journalism as a practice and as an institution. David Secko is an Associate Professor in the Department of Journalism at Concordia University (Montréal). He teaches science reporting and does research on theoretical practices in science journalism. He currently leads the Concordia Science Journalism Project (CSJP).
Elyse Amend is a freelance writer and research assistant for the CSJP. She recently completed her MA in Journalism Studies at Concordia University.
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Thank you, Thomas, I'll check it out.1 day 10 hours ago
- this whole thing says a LOT more about the state of the press in Canada (I won...1 day 13 hours ago
The NNAs have been irrelevant for some time now. Basically, the major newspaper chains buy...1 day 18 hours ago