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Headlines for Vol. 32 No. 3 - Summer 2011

    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
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Headlines For Vol. 32 No. 2 - Spring 2011

    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
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Headlines For Vol. 32 No. 1 - Winter 2011

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

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Headlines For Vol. 31 No. 4 - Fall 2010

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

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Headlines For Vol. 31 No. 3 - Summer 2010

The third issue of volume 31 was in the mail in mid-August. Here are the headlines from Fall 2010:

  • "Regular Readers Expect More Polling Details,"
    by Mary Currin-Percival

  • "Cuts in Newspaper Staff Change Meeting Coverage,"
    by John C. Besley and M. Chris Roberts

  • "Too Many Details Hinder Recall of Poll Results,"
    by Wolfgang Wichmann

  • "Editorials, Op-Ed Columns Frame Medical Marajuana Debate,"
    by Guy J. Golan

  • "President's Power to Frame Stem Cell Views Limited,"
    by Shahira Fahmy, Jeannine E. Relly and Wayne Wanta

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Headlines For Vol. 31 No. 2 - Spring 2010

The second issue of volume 31 was in the mail at the end of April. Here are the headlines from Spring 2010:

  • "Sports Reporters’ Attitudes About Ethics Vary Based on Beat,"
    by Marie Hardin and Bu Zhong

  • "Gender Diversity Absent In Expert Sources for Elections,"
    by Eric Freedman, Frederick Fico and Megan Durisin

  • "Citizen Journalism Web Sites Complement Newspapers,"
    by Stephen Lacy, Margaret Duffy, Daniel Riffe, Esther Thorson and Ken Fleming

  • "Newspapers Use Three Frames To Cover Alternative Energy,"
    by Michel M. Haigh

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Headlines For Vol. 31 No. 1 - Winter 2010

The first issue of volume 31 was delivered in March. Here are the headlines from Winter 2010:

  • "Newspapers Offer More News Than Do Online Sites,"
    by Scott Maier

  • "Readers Use Black Newspapers for Health/Cancer Information,"
    by Maria E. Len-Rios, Elisia L. Cohen, and Charlene A. Caburnary

  • "Ombudsman Venture Began at Old New York World,"
    by Neil Nemeth

  • "Understanding of Health Risks Aided by Graphics with Text,"
    by Babara M. Miller and Brooke Barnett

  • "Need for Speed onto Internet Clashes with Journalistic Values,"
    by Scott Reinardy

  • "Study Examines Unnamed Source Policies at The Washington Post,"
    by Michael W. Sheehy

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Headlines for Vol. 30, No. 4 - Fall 2009

The fourth issue of volume 30 was delivered in November. Here are the headlines from Fall 2009:

  • "News Coverage of Patriot Act Focuses on Individual Liberty,"
    by Weimin Chang and Ralph Izard

  • "Newspaper Survey Suggests TV Partnership in Jeopardy,"
    by Larry Dailey, Lori Demo and Mary Spillman

  • "Use of Online Newspaper Sites Lags Behind Print Editions,"
    by Hsiang Iris Chyi and Seth C. Lewis

  • "Anonymous Sources Harm Credibility of All Stories,"
    by Miglena Mantcheva Sternadori and Esther Thorson

  • "Media Literacy Training Reduces Perception of Bias,"
    by Emily K. Vraga, Melissa Tully and Hernando Rojasg

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Headlines for Vol. 30, No. 3 - Summer 2009

The third issue of volume 30 was delivered in July. Here are the headlines from Summer 2009:

  • "Study Explores Audience's Views on Environmental News,"
    by Daniel Riffe and Tom Hrach

  • "Bioethicists as Expert Sources In Science/Medical Reporting,"
    by Marjorie Kruvand

  • "Female Journalists More Likely to Leave Newspapers,"
    by Scott Reinardy

  • "Growth of Multimedia Not Extensive at Newspapers,"
    by John Russial

  • "High School Journalism, Academic Performance Correlate,"
    by Jack Dvorak and Changchee Choi

  • "Number of Corrections Increase at Two National Newspapers"
    by Neil Nemeth and Craig Sanders

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Call for Special Issue on Community Journalism

The rapid changes in the newspaper industry have turned more focus in recent years to what appears to be one of the more stable branches of the newspaper business—small-circulation daily and weekly newspapers generally referred to as “community newspapers.” In light of these developments, the Newspaper Research Journal is accepting research articles and conceptual/theoretical essays that will shed light on “The Future of Community Newspapers” for a special issue of NRJ scheduled for the winter 2011 issue.

This call is for articles that provide insights into the modern role of community newspapers, as well as suggestions that would help community newspapers to adapt to the changing marketplace. Both social-scientific and cultural/critical approaches will be considered, as will mixed-methods approaches. Preference will be given to articles that draw upon and advance media theory, although insightful non-theoretical, descriptive studies will be considered.

Submissions will undergo NRJ’s usual peer-review process, and must be original research that is not under review with any other publication (although modified conference papers will be considered). NRJ’s published guidelines regarding length, citation style, and formatting of tabular material will apply.


The deadline for submissions is Dec. 1, 2009. Submissions should be sent as Microsoft Word files to guest editor Bill Reader of Ohio University. E-mail them to reader@ohio.edu.