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Newspaper Research Journal is a refereed journal published quarterly that focuses on topics of interest to journalism and mass communication students, scholars and media professionals.
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.
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Monday, April 08 2013 @ 09:40 AM CDT
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
Thursday, December 13 2012 @ 02:49 PM CST
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
Wednesday, September 12 2012 @ 11:31 AM CDT
Here are the headlines for Summer 2012:
- "News Producers Often Prevail Against 'Fair Use' Claims," by Scott Parrott
- "Current Print Subscribers More Likely to Pay for Online," by Geoffrey Graybeal, Amy Sindik and Qingmei Qing
- "Local Science Reporting Relies On Generalists, Not Specialists," by Deserai Anderson Crow and J. Richard Stevens
- "Citizen Journalism Just as Credible as Stories by Pros, Students Say," by Sara Baker Netzley and Mark Hemmer
- "Reporters' Gender Affects Views on Health Reporting," by Maria Len-Rios, Amanda Hinnant and JiYeon Jeong
- "Content Analysis Shows 'Red States' Used More Than 'Blue States'," by Asta Zelenkauskaite, Ya Gao and Rich Powell
- "Experiment Shows Higher Information Recall for Soft Rather than Hard Business News," by Patrick Merle and Clay Craig
- "U.S., Chinese Newspapers Differ On Reports of Tainted Milk Scandal," by Lulu Rodriguez and Jiajun Yao
Wednesday, August 29 2012 @ 11:06 AM CDT
Here are the headlines for Spring 2012:
- "Ideologies Drive Journalists' Attitudes Toward Oil Industry," by Brendan R. Watson
- "Dailies Still Do 'Heavy Lifting' In Government News, Despite Cuts," by Stephen Lacy, Frederick G. Fico, Thomas Baldwin, Daniel Bergan, Steven S. Wildman and Paul Zube
- "Government Sources Dominate Vehicle Emissions Coverage," by Jonathan Maddison and Richard Watts
- "Human Face in News Important But Base-Rate Data Inform More," by Coy Callison, Rhonda Gibson and Dolf Zillmann
- "Journal's Health Care Plan Coverage Free of Murdock's Conservative Bias," by Sid Bedingfield
- "NYT Pulitzer Stories Show More Independence in Foreign Sourcing," by Raluca Cozma, John Maxwell Hamilton and Regina Lawrence
- "Commentary About Government Both Broad, Diverse," by Frederick G. Fico, Stephen Lacy, Thomas Baldwin, Daniel Bergan, Steven S. Wildman and Paul Zube
- Joseph Hayden Book Review of Rodger Streitmatter, Mightier than the Sword: How the News Media Have Shaped American History 3rd ed. (Boulder, Colo.: Westview Press, 2012). paperback, 316 pages, $38.
Monday, March 26 2012 @ 01:36 PM CDT
Here are the headlines for Winter 2012:
- "Photographers' Ethical Calls May Rest on 'It Depends'," by Yung Soo Kim
- "Constraints Alter Journalists' Ethical Decision-Making," by Jenn Burleson Mackay
- "Katrina Study Shows Human Interest Photos Predominant," by Jae-Hwa Shin, Shahira Fahmy and Richard A. Lewis
- "Job Security, Satisfaction Influence Work Commitment," by Scott Reinardy
- "Photojournalists Enjoy Web Work, Additional Autonomy," by Carolyn Yaschur
- "Newspaper Journalists Support Online Comments," by Carolyn Nielsen
- "TV News Framing Supports Societal Poverty Solutions," by Sei-Hill Kim, James Shanahan and Doo-Hun Choi
- "Weekly Newspaper Websites Don't Live Up to Potential," by Jack V. Karlis, Kelly A. Mitchell and Erik L. Collins
- "Newspaper Editorial Stands on Broadcast Indecency Regulation: Profits Over Principles?" by Todd Schaefer and Robert Fordan
- Carrie Brown-Smith's Book Review of Wilson Lowery and Peter J. Gade's (eds.) Changing the News: The Forces Shaping Journalism and Uncertain Times (New York: Routledge, 2011) 301 pages, (paperback $ 49.95)
- Lurene Cachola Kelley's Book Review of Bill Grueskin, Ava Seave and Lucas Graves' The Story So Far: What We Know about the Business of Digital Journalism (New York: Columbia Journalism Review Books, 2011) 132 pages, (paperback $ 12.95)
Monday, March 26 2012 @ 12:50 PM CDT
Here are the headlines for Fall 2011:
- "Use of Unnamed Sources Drops from Peaks in 1960s and 1970s," by Matt J. Duffy and Ann E. Williams
- "Personalizing News Websites Attracts Young Readers," by Gina Masullo Chen, T. Makana Chock, Hillary Gozigian, Ryan Rogers, Arushi Sen, Valarie N. Schweisberger, Joseph Steinhardt and Yi Wang
- "Print Subscribers Add Value to Newspaper Website," by Edgar C. Simpson
- "Study Examines Relationship Among Mainstream, Other Media," by Stephan Lacy, Brendan Watson and Daniel Riffe
- "Core Skills Set Reamin Same in Newspaper Job Ads," by Johanna Cleary and Meredith Cochie
- "Newspapers Connect with Readers Through Multiple Digital Tools," by Jennifer D. Greer and Yan Yan
- "Coverage of Governor Races Balanced While Senate Races Reflect Some Bias," by Frederick Fico, Eric Freedman and Megan Durisin
- "Focus on Problems May Have Affected Public Confidence in Saddam Hussein's Trial," by Jin Yang
- Joe Hayden's Book Review of Thomas B. Connery's Journalism and Realism: Rendering American Life (Evanston, Ill.: Northwestern University Press, 2011) 281 pages, (paperback $ 24.95)
Thursday, September 22 2011 @ 01:30 PM CDT
This issue's contents focus, at least in part, on online publishing or new technology. Here are the headlines for Summer 2011:
- "Specialization Still Favored In Most Newspaper Jobs"
by John Russial and Arthur Santana
- "Health Care Reform Coverage Improves in 2009-10 over Clinton Era"
by Steve Adams and Raluca Cozma
- "Newspaper Training Program Shows Gains in Social Media"
by Kathleen A. Hansen, Nora Paul, Ruth DeFoster and Jennifer E. Moore
- "Readers' Mood Affects News Information Processing"
by Bu Zhong
- "Online Readers' Comments Represent News Opinion Pipeline"
by Arthur D. Santana
- "Digital Photo Archives Lose Value As Record of Community History"
by Keith Greenwood
- "Online Readers Geographically More Dispersed Than Print Readers"
by Hsiang Iris Chyi
- "Study Shows Some Blogs Affect Traditional News Media Agendas"
by Marcus Messner and Bruce Garrison
- Research-in Brief: "Most Newsrooms Control Content, Production of Their Websites" by Susan M. Keith and Leslie-Jean Thornton
- Book Review of Bill Kovach's and Tom Rosentiel's Blur: How to Know What's True in the Age of Information Overload (New York: Bloomsbury, 2010) 227 pages, (hardback $26)
by Mary Jane Pardue
- Book Review of Jon Marshall's Watergate's Legacy and the Press: The Investigative Impulse (Evanston, Ill.: Northwestern University Press, 2011) 313 pages, (paperback $24.95)
by Steve Hallock
Tuesday, August 02 2011 @ 11:30 AM CDT
This issue's contents focus, at least in part, on credibility. Here are the headlines for Spring 2011:
- "Users Support Online Anonymity Despite Increasing Negativity"
by Jack Rosenberry
- "Journalists Provide Social Context Missing from Sports Blogs"
by Marie Hardin and Erin Ash
- "Granting Sources Anonymity Requires Complex Process"
by Michele Bush Kimball
- "Article Recall, Credibility Lower with Grammar Errors"
by Alyssa Appelman and Paul Bolls
- "Few Top Editors Blog About News Decisions"
by Norman P. Lewis, Jeffrey Neely and Fangfang Gao
- "Using Numbers in News Increases Story Credibility"
by A. Willem M. Koetsenruijter
- "American Newspapers Vary by Region On How they Frame Sex in News Stories"
by Doreen Marchionni
- "Newspapers Use More Sources Compared To Health Blogs in H1N1/Swine Flu Coverage"
by Fangfang Gao, Meng Zhang and Sean Sadri
- Book Review of Steven M. Hallock's Reporters Who Made History: Great American Journalists on the Issues and Crises of the Late 20th Century (Santa Barbara, Calif.: Praeger, 2010) 333 pages, (hardcover $54.95)
by Joe Hayden
Wednesday, April 27 2011 @ 01:22 PM CDT
The first issue of volume 32 was in the mail in February. It is a special issue focusing on community journalism. Here are the headlines from Winter 2011:
- "Community Newspapers Play Significant Role in Election,"
by Lee Shaker
- "Community Newspaper Use Promotes Social Cohesion,"
by Masahiro Yamamoto
- "News Editors' Demographics Predict Their Social Capital,"
by Seungahn Nah and Deborah S. Chung
- "New Models Emerge For Community Press,"
by Victor Pickard and Josh Stearns
- "Online Publication Expands Reach of Community Journalism,"
by Eileen Gilligan
- "Community Journalism Provides Model For Future,"
by Thomas C. Terry
Monday, February 21 2011 @ 01:12 PM CST
The fourth issue of volume 31 was in the mail in mid-November. Here are the headlines from Fall 2010:
- "Local Government News Drives Print Readership,"
by Barry Hollander
- "Online Non-Profits Provide Model for Added Local News,"
by Dan Shaver
- "Brand Logos More Prevalent In Recent News Sports Photos,"
by James Pokrywczynski, John Carvalho and C. Thomas Preston, Jr.
- "Growing Number of Bloggers See Their Work as Journalism,"
by Hong Ji and Michael Sheehy
- "Bush/Gore Photos Reveal Differing Styles, Strategies,"
by Kathleen German
- "Newspaper Lack Substantive Reporting on Sexual Issues,"
by Lesa Hatley Major and Kimberly K. Walker
- "Politics/Nationalism Affect 2008 Olympics Coverage,"
by Fangfang Gao