“ASNE’s latest diversity survey shows some progress, but newsrooms are still mostly white and male”
Authors: American Society of News Editors
The annual newsroom diversity survey from the American Society of News Editors shows slight decreases in diversity at American newsrooms compared with last year. A survey of 598 newspapers and 63 online-only news sites showed slight decreases in the number of people of color who were surveyed, though it found slight increases of minorities and women in leadership, the number of female employees and the number of journalists of color at larger news organizations.
“Fact-checking Effectiveness as a Function of Format and Tone: Evaluating FactCheck.org and FlackCheck.org”
Authors: Dannagal G. Young, Kathleen Hall Jamieson, Shannon Poulsen and Abigail Goldring
This study, published in Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, explores the role of information format (print vs. video) and tone (humorous and nonhumorous) in shaping message interest and consumer perceptions in the context of political fact-checking. To understand the mechanisms by which audience misconceptions may be reduced, this experiment tests the belief-correcting effectiveness of fact-checking videos and print articles that are either humorous or nonhumorous. The results suggest video (humorous or nonhumorous) is an effective way to reduce audience misconceptions by increasing message attention and reducing confusion.
“News video quality affects online sites’ credibility”
Authors: Gina Masullo Chen, Peter S. Chen, Chen-Wei Chang. Zainul Abedin
Newspapers may want to pay more attention to the quality of their videos online, particularly if they’re trying to earn the trust of younger news consumers. According to this study published in Newspaper Research Journal,”even a few low-quality news videos on a newspaper website might damage newspapers’ fervent effort to attract a younger audience,” the authors said.