A major German project is examining the influence of Google algorithms on political news search results. Algorithm Watch is produced in cooperation with six “Landesmedienanstalten”, the regulatory authorities for new media in the German federal states of Bavaria (BLM), Berlin-Brandenburg (mabb), Hesse (LPR Hessen), Rhineland-Palatinate (LMK), Saarland (LMS), Saxony (SLM) plus the University Kaiserslautern and Spiegel […]
The Latest report from the Berkman Klein Center at Harvard University examines the role of traditional and new media during the 2016 presidential election campaigns. It examines who supported Trump and has mappings of Twitter news sources for both campaigns.
Recently released a new independent tool which is aiming to track press freedom in the USA. It is being supported by key organisations such as the Committee to Protect Journalists and Freedom of the Press Foundation. It provides news and monitoring of incidents impeding the work of journalists ranging from physical assault to legal cases […]
Free access to this archive of lectures, readings and discussions featuring the leading writers and Nobel prize winners in Economics, Science and Peace, social reformers, philosophers and political and artistic revolutionaries from the 1960s onwards. It includes video and audio content on the freedom of the press, censorship, literature and the State and feminism and […]
Concerns about fake news are increasingly dominating the headlines and studies have shown that students often have difficulty evaluating the truth of resources. Hoaxy from the University of Indiana visualises the spread of fake news stories online. Recently the New York-based institute Data & Society published a report Media Manipulation and Disinformation Online which examines the […]
Download the latest fascinating research from Kings College London. It is the first complete survey of over 351,000 articles from news outlets published over a 20-week period. Find out if it really was an acrimonious and divisive campaign!
An interesting open-source site is Media Cloud. This is a joint project by the MIT Center for Civic Media and the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University. It gives access to data which examines how stories arise and are followed in the media. See these case studies on Understanding ‘Teen Pregnancy’ […]
A recent new project supported by Propublica, US media and human rights organisations including University of Miami School of Communication, CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, Human Rights Center, UC Berkeley School of Law, Texas State University School of Journalism and Mass Communication. It is building up an accurate, verifiable database of reports of specific hate […]
Check the 2017 ranking from Reporters without Borders. Since 2002 it has been rating level of freedom available to journalists in over 180 nations worldwide. According to its ranking Norway is the greatest! The report also details worrying trends in censorship over the last year. Methodology and previous reports are free to download from the website.
Fascinating report from the Knight Foundation which focusses on findings from qualitative research with 52 teenagers and young adults in three U.S. cities: Philadelphia, Chicago, and Charlotte, North Carolina. It shows an increasing mistrust of the media and a reliance on the use of mobile technology. In the UK Ofcom has an annual news consumption […]