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.

NOTICE: NRJ publishing and subscription operations are now being managed by SAGE Publishing. For further information or to subscribe, please visit the SAGE website at

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Headlines for Vol. 38, No. 4-Fall 2017

-"African-American Weeklies See Paid Circulation Decline," by Stephen Lacy, Sandra L. Combs and Daniel Krier

-Nigerian Jos Crisis Coverage Centers on Community," by Ngozi Akinro and Li Zeng

-"Newsrooms Accommodate Data-based News Work," by Jan Lauren Boyles and Eric Meyer

-"Obama White House Photos Limited by Access Policies," by Nicole Smith Dahmen and Erin K. Coyle

-"Scan Method Tracks Reader Attention, Engagement," by Isabelle Freiling and Lisa Weidmuller

-"News Stories Don't Match Political Party Agendas," by Nisha Garud-Patkar and Yusuf Kalyango, Jr.

-"Readers Perceive Deceptive Graphics as Less Credible," by Nick Gender and Jaclyn Cameron

-"Case Study Shows Disconnect on Civic Journalism's Role," by Melissa Tully, Shawn Harmsen, Jane B. Singer and Brian Ekdale

-"Newspapers Ebola Articles Differ from Twitter Updates," by Xueying Zhang, Bijie Bie and Andrew C. Billings

-Poindexter, Paula M. "News for a Mobile-First Consumer," Reviewed by Jan Lauren Boyles

-Thomas J. Hrach, "The Riot Report and the News: How the Kerner Commission Changed Media Coverage of Black America," Reviewed by George L. Daniels
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Headlines for Vol. 38, No. 3-Summer 2017

-"Grammar, Spelling Error Rates Persist in Digital News," by Park Beede and Michael W. Mulnix

-"Instructional Messaging Most Significant in Food Recalls," by Monique Farmer and Ming Wang

-"Meskwaki Language Threat Gets Token News Coverage," by Subin Paul

-"News Focuses on Individuals for Rising Health Care Costs," by Sei-Hill Kim, Andrea H. Tanner, Soo Yun Kim, Caroline Foster, Sang-Hwa Oh and Jeong-Heon Chang

-"Print Newspapers Readers More Politically Active," by Tien-Tsung Lee and Yuki Fujioka

-"Politics, Conflict Generate More Live-Blog Comments,," by Mirjana Pantic, Erin Whiteside and Ivana Cvetkovic

-"Millennials Fail to Embrace Civic Duty to Keep Informed" by Douglas F. Cannon and Jenn Burleson Mackay

-"Friendships Sustain Volunteer Newspaper for 21 Years," J. Steven Smethers, Bonnie Bressers and Sam C. Mwangi

-"Readers React Negatively to Disclosure of Poster's Identity," by Jasmine McNealy
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Headlines for Vol. 38, No. 2-Spring 2017

-"Newspaper News Exposure Predicts Political Participation," by Esther Thorson, Scott Swafford and Eunjin (Anna) Kim

-"Newspaper Editorial Pages Frame China Similarly," Josephine Lukito and Guy J. Golan

-"English Doping Suspension Trigger Event for U.S. News," by Bryan E. Denham

-"Marijuana Business Workers Most Common News Source," by Steven Block

-"Proximity Prominent News Value for Online Publication," by Guolan Yang and Douglas F. Cannon

-"Public information Officers Exert Increasing Controls," by Carolyn S. Carlson and David Cuillier

-"Control Frames Dominate E-Cigarette News Articles,,'" by Lu Wu and Rhonda Gibson

-"Traditional Baseball Statistics Still Dominate News Stories ," by Joseph L. Abisaid and William P. Cassidy

-"Personalized News Stories Affect Men as Well as Women," by Scott R. Maier, Marcus Mayorga and Paul Slovic
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We are currently experiencing technical difficulties with the submission function on our website. Since the submission function on our site is currently disabled, please send all reviews and manuscript submissions directly to We apologize for any inconvenience.
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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