Newspaper Research Journal
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Newspaper Research Journal is a refereed journal published quarterly that reaches more than 1,000 journalism students, scholars and media professionals in the United States and 20 countries.

NRJ comprehensively answers questions about U.S. newspaper performance and related topics of interest. Significant themes of research range from balance and fairness to the use of computer analysis in newspaper reporting. NRJ is unique because it provides a forum for comprehensive, current research and discussion on print and online journalism, serving as a bridge between newspaper professionals and scholars.

The journal is published by the Newspaper Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC). If you have any questions, feel free to send us an e-mail at

This journal adheres to the publications and malpractice ethics as outlined by COPE.

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Headlines for Vol. 38, No. 1-Winter 2017

Here are the headlines for Winter 2017:

-"Embedding Journalists Shape Iraq News Story," by Miles Maguire

-"News Video Quality Affects Online Sites' Credibility" by Gina Masullo Chen, Peter S. Chen, Chen-Wei Chang and Zainul Abedin

-"Readers Value Objectivity Over Transparency," Edson C. Tandoc Jr. and Ryan J. Thomas

-"Use of Steroids in Baseball Primarily Sports Story," by Claudia Kozman

-"Citizen Journalism Practice Increases Civic Participation," by Seugahn Nah, Kang Namkoong, Rachel Record and Stephanie K. Van Stee

-"Technology Allows Audience Role in News Construction," by Patrick Ferrucci

-"Obamacare Headlines Mirror Local Political Leanings," by Brandon Szuminsky and Chad Sherman

-"Florida Political Reporters Interact Rarely Online," John H. Parolee and David Deeley

-"Policy, Economic Themes Dominate Ethanol Headlines," by Bruno Takahashi, Carol Terracina-Hartman, Katheryn Amann and Mark S. Meisner

- Book Review by Robert D. Byrd, Jr. <i> Full Court Press: Mississippi State University, the Press and the Battle to Integrate College Basketball

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Headlines for Vol. 37, No. 4-Fall 2016

Here are the headlines for Fall 2016:

-"Educators and professionals agree on outcomes for entrepreneurship courses," Michelle Barrett Ferrier and Battino Batts

-"Introduce entrepreneurship concepts early in journalism curriculum," by Aaron Chimbel

- "University partnerships with entrepreneurial efforts produce shared benefits" by Geoffrey Graybeal and Amy Sindik

-"Public policy events offer new revenue source" by Ben DeJarnette and Ed Madison

-" Presence of online reader comments lowers news site credibility" by Lindsey Collins and Chris Roberts

-"Local papers use community way of life frames more often in coal mining stories," by Kylah Hedding and Daniel Riffe

-"Anti-West frames dominate Afghan war news coverage," by Elina Erzikova, Michael M. Haigh and Adam Sampiev

Book Review by Matthew J. Haught: <I> How Journalists Use Twitter: The Changing Landscape of U.S. Newsrooms <i>

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Headlines for Vol. 37, No. 2 - Spring 2016

    Here are the headlines for Spring 2016:

  • "Kennedy Anniversary Photos Tell Story of Beloved Leader," by Nicole Smith Dahmen and Hannah McLain

  • "UPI's Merriman Smith May Have Suffered from PTSD," by Young Joon Lim and Michael S. Sweeney

  • "Press Nationalism Emerges in Political Disaster Reporting," by Chen Lou, Carson B. Wagner and Hong Cheng

  • "Commenter Anonymity Affects Reader Perceptions," by Barbara M. Miller, Qian Xu and Brooke Barnett

  • "Most Students Get Breaking News First from Twitter," by Edson C. Tandoc Jr. and Erika Johnson

  • "Format Appears to Matter Less than Story Salience," by Diane Guerrazzi, August E. Grant and Jeffrey S. Wilkinson

  • "Race Prominent Feature in Coverage of Trayvon Martin," by Erin Willis and Chad Painter

  • Book Review by Matthew J. Haught: The News: A User's Manual
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Headlines for Vol. 37, No. 1 - Winter 2016

    Here are the headlines for winter 2016:

  • "Editorial Endorsements Focus on Leadership and Economy," by Kenneth Campbell, Ran Wei, Wan Chi Leung and Maia Mikashavidze

  • "Obama and Romney Photos Receive Equal Treatment," by Nicole Smith Dahmen

  • "Horse-race Coverage Includes Candidates' Policy Positions," by Pyeongseon Oh

  • "AP Stylebook Normalizes Sports as a Male Space," by Steven Bien-Aime

  • "New Work Demands Create Inequity for Sports Journalists," by John McGuire and Ray Murray

  • "Participatory News Websites Feature More Opinion Pieces," by Jeremy Littau

  • "Improvements Still Needed for Transgender Coverage," by Jamie Colette Capuzza
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Headlines for Vol. 36, No. 4 - Fall 2015

    Here are the headlines for Fall 2015:

  • "Increasing News Content and Diversity Improves Revenue," by You Li and Esther Thorson

  • "Why News Reporters Ignore Third-party Candidates," by John F. Kirch

  • "Do News Corrections Affect Credibility? Not Necessarily," by Alyssa Appelman and Kirstie Hettinga

  • "Female Employees Find Iowa Newspaper Jobs Satisfying," by Tracy Lucht

  • "Coverage Reflects Importance of Fishing to Community," by Suzannah Evans and Daniel Riffe

  • "Need for Orientation Predicts Reporters' Reliance on Blogs," by Kyle Heim

  • "Men More Likely to Post Online Newspaper Comments," by Hans K. Meyer and Michael Clay Carey

  • "Endorsements Move Students to Choose Candidate," by Ran Wei, Ven-hwei Lo and Chingching Chang

  • Book Review by Joseph Hayden: Gene Basset's Vietnam Sketchbook: A Cartoonist's Wartime Perspective
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Headlines for Vol. 36, No. 3 - Summer 2015

    Here are the headlines for Summer 2015:

  • "Newspaper Archives Reveal Major Gaps in Digital Age," by Kathleen A. Hansen and Nora Paul

  • "Preserving News Apps Present Huge Challenges," by Meredith Broussard

  • "Ethnic Newspaper Producers Face Archiving Challenges," by Kristin L. Gustafson

  • "Two States Provide Models for Newspaper Preservation," by Ana Krahmer, Mark Phillips and Ron Larson

  • "Plans to Save Born-Digital News Content Examined," by Edward McCain

  • "Survey Finds Differences on Preserving Born-Digital News," by Jennifer E. Moore and Jennifer L. Bonnet

  • "Retaining Hardcopy Papers Still Important in Digital Age," by Randy Silverman

  • "News Engagement Day Should Be Priority," by Paula Poindexter
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Headlines for Vol. 36, No. 2 - Spring 2015

    Here are the headlines for Spring 2015:

  • "How Current Law Might Apply to Drone Journalism," by Karen McIntyre

  • "Editors Use Social Media Mostly to Post Story Links," by Sue Burzynski Bullard

  • "Younger Journalists More Likely to Use Social Media," by Tamara L. Gillis and Kirsten Johnson

  • "Tweets during Crisis Follow One-Way Communication," by Rebecca Coates Nee and Judith Fusco

  • "Longer, Higher Quality Videos Preferred by News Viewers," by Peter S. Chen, Nicholas Wilson, Gina Masullo Chen and Chen-Wei Chang

  • "Traditional Reporting More Credible than Citizen News," by Alecia Swazy, Edson Tandoc, Manu Bhandari and Rachel Davis

  • "College Students Use Videos More than Photo Slideshows," by Jin Yang, Rachelle Pavelko and Sandra H. Utt

  • "Candidates with Easy Access Get More Favorable Coverage," by David Niven and Daniel Sandu

  • "Korean Media Often Allied with Ruling Political Parties," by Chang Sup Park

  • Book Review by Matthew J. Haught: Greatly Exaggerated: The Myth of the Death of Newspapers
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Headlines for Vol. 36, No. 1 - Winter 2015

    Here are the headlines for Winter 2015:

  • "Student Newspapers Show Opinion Article Political Bias," by Hans C. Schmidt

  • "Non-Elite Twitter Sources Rarely Cited in Coverage," by Kevin Wallsten

  • "U.S. Newspapers Provide Nuanced Picture of Islam," by Brian J. Bowe, Shahira Fahmy and Jorg Matthes

  • "Times-Picayune Coverage Differs Print to Online," by David Bockino

  • "Conflict/Proximity Determine Advocacy Group Coverage," by Michael McCluskey and Young Mie Kim

  • "Incivility Dominates Online Comments on Immigration," by Arthur D. Santana

  • "Text Remains Most Useful Format for Online News Sites," by Bartosz W. Wojdynski

  • "Feature Reporting Improves After Mid-Career Training," by Randal A. Beam, Meg Spratt and Sue Lockett John

  • "Non-Scientist Sources Lend Balance, but Create Bias," by Susan Opt and Russanne Low

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Headlines for Vol. 35, No. 4 - Fall 2014

    Here are the headlines for Fall 2014:

  • Commentary: "Short-run Decisions Threaten Papers' Long-run Viability," by Stephen Lacy, Michael Stamm and Hugh Martin

  • "Ethnic, Mainstream Papers Differ on Health Reporting," by Erin Willis, Chang Dae Ham and Shelly Rodgers

  • "Journal's Sports Innovations Evolve Slowly Over Time," by John Carvalho

  • "Ethnic and Age Differences Reduce Political Discussion," by Leo W. Jeffres, Jae-won Lee, Guowei Jian, Sukki Yoon and David J. Atkin

  • "Newspapers' Annual Reports Show Chains Profitable," by Marc Edge

  • "Reporters' Smartphone Use Improves Quality of Work," by Logan Molyneux

  • "Reducing Publication Decreases U.S. College Newspaper Revenue," by J. Ian Tennant and H. Iris Chyi

  • "U.S. Newspapers Cite Social Media More Than Does Egyptian Press," by Margaret A. Fesenamier, Luay Kaloumeh, Yuxi Zhuang and James D. Ivory

  • "Youngest Adults Less Likely To Consume News Online," by Kelly Kaufhold

  • "Coverage of Japan's Tsunami Included Few Social Media Sources," by Maria Fontenot, Catherine A. Luther and Ioana Coman

  • Book Review by Marc Edge: Beyond News: The Future of Journalism