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

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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

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Headlines for Vol. 35, No. 3 - Summer 2014

    Here are the headlines for Summer 2014:

  • "Mainstream Newspapers Highlight Politics Over Substance," by Masudul Biswas

  • "Uses, Dependency Model Remains Useful Framework," by Kenneth Fleming

  • "Afghanistan War Coverage More Negative Over Time," by Michel M. Haigh

  • "Chinese, U.S. Newspapers Differ in Use of News Frames," by Chun Zhou and Teresa Mastin

  • "Two National Newspapers Cover Recession Distinctively," by Josephine Lukito and Atsushi Tajima

  • "Community Editors Look Beyond Watchdog Role," by Leo W. Jeffres and Anup Kumar

  • "NY Times' Blog Purchase Leads to Significant Changes," by Jeremy Saks

  • "Print News Uses More Source Diversity Than Does Broadcast," by Richard Watts and Jonathan Maddison

  • Book Review by Pam Fine: Saving Community Journalism: The Path to Profitability

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Headlines for Vol. 35, No. 2 - Spring 2014

    Here are the headlines for Spring 2014:

  • "Analysis Finds U.S. Newspapers Use Six Frames for 'Made in China,'" by Gang (Kevin) Han and Xiuli (Charlene) Wang

  • "Independent Websites Not So Different from Group-Owned," by Linda Jean Kenix

  • "Medical Reporters Say 'No' to 'Pack' Journalism," by Vincent Kiernan

  • "East Africans Find Radio More Credible Than Newspapers," by Yusuf Kalyango, Jr.

  • "Newspaper Tobacco Advertising Focuses on Cessation," by Erin Willis, Erin Schauster, Shelly Rodgers and Kevin Everett

  • "Larger U.S. Newspapers Update Their Websites More Often," by Jin Xu

  • "Newspapers, TV News Offer More Online Innovation," by Amy Schmitz Weiss and Tim Wulfemeyer

  • "Facebook Interactivity Rare on Community News Sites," by Michael Clay Carey

  • "Exemplars Can Affect Readers' Judgement about News Story," by William Kinnally, Ryan P. Burkett, Curry Chandler and Brenton Burkett

  • Book Review by Marc Edge: The Watchdog That Didn't Bark: The Financial Crisis and the Disappearance of Investigative Journalism

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Headlines for Vol. 35, No. 1 - Winter 2014

    Here are the headlines for Winter 2014:

  • "Anti-SLAPP Statutes Offer Tool for Media Defendants," by Matthew D. Bunker, Paul H. Gates, Jr. and William C. Nevin

  • "Few Latin American Items Appear on Editorial Pages," by Guy J. Golan and Greg Munno

  • "Group Ownership Increases among Weekly Newspapers," by David C. Coulson, Stephen Lacy and Daniel Riffe

  • "Corrections of Newspaper Errors Have Little Impact," by Kirstie E. Hettinga and Alyssa Appelman

  • "Newspapers Frame Julian Assange Differently," by Catherine A. Luther and Ivanka Radovic

  • "Research Findings Weaken Perceptions of Media Bias," by Yariv Tsfati and Hannah Huino

  • "Incorrect Terms Used to Portray Possible Cell Phone Risk," by Ronald A. Yaros, Elia Powers and Soo-Kwang Oh

  • "Attribution Has Little Effect on Perceived Credibility," by Jessica A. Mahone

  • Book review by Marc Edge: Hell and High Water: The Battle to Save the Daily New Orleans Times-Picayune

  • Book review by Joe Hayden: Informing the News: The Need for Knowledge-Based Journalism
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Headlines for Vol. 34, No. 4 - Fall 2013

    Here are the headlines for Fall 2013:

  • "Storytelling Techniques Improve Reading Experiences," by Amy Zerba

  • "Newspapers Provide Context in Elizabeth Smart Abduction," by Cathy Ferrand Bullock, Margaret Spratt and Sue Lockett John

  • "News Coverage Different for Third-Party Candidates," by John F. Kirch

  • "Readers' View of Credibility Similar for Online, Print," by Gregg A. Payne and David M. Dozier

  • "Web-centric Convergence Replaces Media Partnerships," by Camille Kraeplin and Jake Batsell

  • "Presidential Campaign Ads Rely on Newspaper Evidence," by Chris Roberts

  • "Social Media Features Attract College Students to News Websites," by T. Makana Chock, John M. Wolf, Gina Masullo Chen, Valarie N. Schweisberger and Yi Wang

  • "Combining Online, Print Increases Ad Effectiveness," by Ginger Rosenkrans and Keli Myers

  • Book review by Marc Edge: Out of Print: Newspapers, Journalism and the Business of News in the Digital Age
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Headlines for Vol. 34, No. 3 - Summer 2013

    Here are the headlines for Summer 2013:

  • "Depleted Resources Causing Burnout for Layoff Survivors," by Scott Reinardy

  • "Pacific Appeal Campaigns For Black Man's Role in Civil War," by Thomas C. Terry

  • "Black Cyclist Framed Differently At 1910 Salt Lake City Competition," by Kimberley Mangun

  • "Greater Newspaper Use Increases Agreement on Public Issues," by Ying Roselyn Du and Joann Wong

  • "Newspapers Form Partnerships With More Than Television Stations," by Larry Dailey and Mary Spillman

  • "Circulation, Population Factor into Social Media Use," by Jack Rosenberry

  • "'Editors Have Mixed Feelings On User-Generated Content," by Lori F. Brost

  • Book review by Joseph Hayden: Advertising at War: Business, Consumers, and Government in the 1940s
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Headlines for Vol. 34, No. 2- Spring 2013

    Here are the headlines for Spring 2013:

  • "Young Adults Expect More From Free News Tabloids," by Amy Zerba

  • "New York Times' DealBook Model for New Media Reporting," by Hong Ji and Michael Sheehy

  • "Reasons for Veiled Sources Spike After 2004 Scandals," by George Albert Gladney, Ivor Shapiro and Regan Ray

  • "Medical Reporters Say 'No' to 'Pack' Journalism," by Vincent Kiernan

  • "Community Attachment Affects Use of Online, Interactive Features," by Daniel S. Hunt, David J. Atkin and Christopher J. Kowal

  • "Print Readers Recall More Than Do Online Readers," by Arthur D. Santana, Randall M. Livingstone and Yoon Y. Cho

  • "'God Bless America' Serves to Rally Americans to War," by Brian T. Kaylor

  • "10th Anniversary Photos of 9/11 Framed as Collective Remembrance," by Nicole Smith Dahmen and Britt Christensen

  • Book review by David Arant: Paper Route: Finding My Way to Precision Journalism

  • Book review by Joseph Hayden: Chasing Newsroom Diversity: From Jim Crow to Affirmative Action
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Headlines for Vol. 34, No. 1- Winter 2013

    Here are the headlines for Winter 2013:

  • "Letters from Readers Support Pegler's Anti-Union Crusade," by Philip M. Glende

  • "Coverage of Guantanamo Bay Less Negative for Obama," by Jaesik Ha

  • "Database Search Results Can Differ From Newspaper Microfilm," by Norman E. Youngblood, Barbara A. Bishop and Debra L. Worthington

  • "Environmental Groups on Par With Government Sources," by Hollie M. Smith and Todd Norton

  • "Few Students Willing to Pay For Tablet News Conten," by Steve Collins, Michael Rabby and Tim Brown

  • "Photojournalists' Role Expands At Most Daily U.S. Newspapers," by Arthur D. Santana and John Russial

  • "News Wire Greatest Predictor Of Papers' International News," by Beverly Horvit, Peter Gade and Elizabeth A Lance

  • "Newspapers Devote Far Less Coverage to Country Government than to City Governance," by Frederick Fico, Stephen Lacy, Thomas Baldwin, Daniel Bergan, Steven Wildman and Paul Zube

  • Book review by Peter W. Goodman: Undercover Reporting: The Truth About Deception
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Headlines for Vol. 33, No. 4 - Fall 2012

    Here are the headlines for Fall 2012:

  • "News Staffs Use Twitter To Interact with Readers," by Kris Boyle and Carol Zuegner

  • "Bloggers Rely on Sources Outside Traditional Media," by Brendan R. Watson

  • "NYTimes War on Drug Sources Change After September 11," by Bryan E. Denham

  • "Online News Readers Get Different News Mix than Print," by Scott R. Maier and Staci Tucker

  • "Personal Branding Still in Future For Most Newspaper Reporters," by Brad Schultz and Mary Lou Sheffer

  • "Black Newspapers Focus More On Community Affairs Stories," by Qian Wang and Cory L. Armstrong

  • "Gulf Papers' Oil Spill Coverage Differs from National Dailies," by Norman P. Lewis, Walter John Starr, Yukari Takata and Qinwei Xie

  • "Despite Assumption of Bias NYTImes, WSJ Photos Neutral," by Heungseok Koh

  • Book review by Keith L. Herndon: The Decline of the Daily Newspaper: How an American Institution Lost the Online Revolution