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2376-4791, 0739-5329

2021 ◽  
pp. 073953292110482
Robin Blom

Expectancy violations play important roles as heuristics in communication processes, yet prior research has focused more on incongruence between (news) sources and messages rather than assessing expectation levels as a mechanism for variations in message believability. An online experiment indicated that news headline believability for both a prominent daily newspaper and a religion news wire service was largely determined by an interaction between source trust and the extent to which news consumers were surprised of the headline’s origin.

2021 ◽  
pp. 073953292110501
Noam Tirosh ◽  
Steve Bien-Aime ◽  
Akshaya Sreenivasan ◽  
Dennis Lichtenstein

This comparative study examines framing of migration-related stories (focused on media coverage of World Refugee Day [WRD]) between four countries, and framing developments over 18 years, specifically if (and how) the 2015 peak “refugee crisis” altered news coverage of refugee issues. Elite newspapers, the New York Times (USA), the Times of India, Sueddeutsche Zeitung (Germany) and Haaretz (Israel) were content analyzed. Newspapers gave only sparse attention to WRD itself, but WRD was a “temporal opportunity” to discuss migration that increased coverage. But the 2015 peak refugee crisis had little effect on coverage over the long run.

2021 ◽  
pp. 073953292110500
Manu Bhandari ◽  
Matthew Emery ◽  
Sarah Scott ◽  
David Wolfgang

Online comments can affect news receivers’ news perceptions. But the role of individual online comment sources is still poorly understood. Using Sundar’s TIME (Theory of Interactive Media Effects) theory, this experiment examined the effects of commenter sex cues and news receiver sex on commenter credibility. Commenters with female (vs. male) names were rated higher in source credibility, and female news receivers were generally more likely to rate commenters higher on source credibility. Theoretical and practical implications are discussed.

2021 ◽  
pp. 073953292110495
Jennifer Sadler

This qualitative analysis examines the frequency and sentiment of immigration-related posts by media organizations and audience reactions on Facebook from the last term of Barack Obama’s presidency and the first term of Donald Trump’s presidency, January 2013–December 2020, under the lens of critical race and agenda building theories. Results indicate that news media have increased posting about this topic since 2013, the sentiment is statistically negative and audiences have elevated their participation over time.

2021 ◽  
pp. 073953292110482
Nicholas R. Buzzelli ◽  
Nathan A. Towery

Debates of who is and is not permitted to participate in sport have been magnified in regard to those whose gender identity deviates from traditional heteronormative standards. Former high school transgender athletes Mack Beggs and Andraya Yearwood, in states with different stances toward trans participation, were thrust into media spotlights. A content analysis examined local and national newspaper reporting about the individuals and their states’ policies. Newspapers did not uphold perceived hegemonic ideals associated with sport by negatively depicting each marginalized athlete. Journalists applauded both for driving conversations toward equal opportunity in high school athletics.

2021 ◽  
pp. 073953292110470
Sherice Gearhart ◽  
Alexander Moe ◽  
Derrick Holland

News outlets rely on social media to freely distribute content, offering a venue for users to comment on news. This exposes individuals to user comments prior to reading news articles, which can influence perceptions of news content. A 2 × 2 between-subject experiment (N = 690) tested the hostile media bias theory via the influence of comments seen before viewing a news story on perceptions of bias and credibility. Results show that user comments induce hostile media perceptions.

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