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Environment - Media - 02.08.2016
Images in climate change stories spur readers to action
ANN ARBOR'Turn off the lights when not in use. Drive less by walking, biking or taking public transportation. Or write a letter to an elected official to support action on climate change. We're more likely to engage in environmentally friendly behaviors if we read media stories about climate change that include images of renewable energy, a new University of Michigan study found.

Media - Art and Design - 21.07.2016
Media fuels anti-Muslim attitudes and policies
ANN ARBOR'When Americans rely primarily on television shows, movies and the news media for information about Muslims, their attitude toward Muslims may be negatively influenced, a new University of Michigan study finds. But relying on direct with Muslims for information produces the opposite effect. "These findings reflect the importance of media and direct in influencing attitudes towards marginalized groups," said Muniba Saleem, U-M assistant professor of communication studies and the study's lead author.

Media - 24.06.2016
British citizens worry about their online presence amid state surveillance concerns
British citizens are worrying about their online presence in the aftermath of the Snowden leaks amid concerns over state surveillance, new research by Cardiff University has found. The first comprehensive study of its kind to examine the consequences of the Snowden revelations - led by the University's School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies - revealed that citizens have different strategies for coping with it.

Media - Social Sciences - 23.06.2016
Mapping online hate speech
You might think from anecdotal evidence that hate speech on social media by individuals and groups appears quite a lot, but one of first academic studies to examine the empirical data concludes that these extreme forms of speech on Facebook are marginal as compared with total content. Researchers from the University of Oxford and Addis Ababa University examined thousands of comments made by Ethiopians on Facebook during four months around the time of  Ethiopia's general election in 2015.

Social Sciences - Media - 03.06.2016
Data mining of Twitter posts can help identify when people become sympathetic to groups like ISIS
Researchers have shown that data mining techniques can be used to understand when Twitter users start displaying supportive behaviour to radical terror groups such as ISIS. Analysis of 154,000 Europe-based Twitter accounts and more than 104 million tweets (in English and Arabic) relating to Syria show that users of the social media platform are more likely to adopt pro-ISIS language - and therefore display potential signs of radicalisation - when connected to other Twitter users who are linked to many of the same accounts and share and retweet similar information.

Media - 27.05.2016
Small talk: Electronic media keeping kids from communicating with parents
ANN ARBOR-It happens in many households. Kids are tapping on their cell phones or are preoccupied by their favorite TV show as their parents ask them a question or want them to do a chore. It's not just teens caught up in electronic media, but also preschoolers. In fact, there is little mother-child dialogue or conversation while children ages 3 to 5 are using media, such as TV, video games and mobile devices, according to a new University of Michigan study.

Media - Politics - 19.05.2016
Racist and sexist assumptions endured in UK media coverage of Malala Yousafzai
Racist and sexist assumptions endured in UK media coverage of Malala Yousafzai
A new study has found that seemingly positive media coverage of feminist campaigner Malala Yousafzai is actually full of patronising assumptions about women in Muslim countries. The study analysed more than 140,000 words of coverage of activist Yousafzai in the nine months after she was attacked by the Pakistani Taleban.

Media - Politics - 17.05.2016
Bitter primaries hurt high-profile candidates’ chances in the general election, Stanford research shows
Stanford political scientist Andrew Hall found that contentious primaries that receive heavy media coverage and voter attention tend to produce nominees who do less well in the general election. A divisive political primary that receives heavy media scrutiny reduces the party nominee's chances in the general election, Stanford research shows.

Media - 09.05.2016
Report reveals journalists’ views on ethics, pay and the pressures they feel
'Journalists in the UK' is a wide-ranging report of more than 60 pages, which captures journalists' views on matters relating to their profession. There are now around 64,000 professional journalists working in the UK. A new report reveals what they think of working in the media and how they operate post-Leveson.

Media - 18.04.2016
When inhaling media erodes attention, exhaling provides focus
A student listens to media through earbuds while working on a laptop. New research shows heavy media multitaskers benefited from a short meditation exercise in which they sat quietly counting their breaths. Photo: Jeff Miller People who often mix their media consumption - texting while watching TV, or listening to music while reading - are not known for being able to hold their attention on one task.

Media - Computer Science - 14.04.2016
Stanford and Wikimedia researchers create tool to boost article creation in local languages
Stanford and Wikimedia researchers create tool to boost article creation in local languages
Wikipedia exists in nearly 300 languages but many versions are small and incomplete. In one experiment, computer scientists tripled article creation by recommending missing entries to editors. Every day, people around the globe visit one of the roughly 300 language editions of Wikipedia, searching through millions of articles written by tens of thousands of volunteer editors who build and maintain this free encyclopedia.

Media - Pedagogy - 04.04.2016
Social media as a force for families
Social media and electronic gaming strategies can have an extremely positive influence on the lives of impoverished families, a study of The University of Queensland's Triple P Online program has found. A version of Triple P Online, the web-based version of UQ's Triple P - Positive Parenting Program , was ramped up with social media and gaming smarts and made available to disadvantaged families in Los Angeles.

Media - 08.03.2016
Understanding the Welsh elections
Two new free projects being launched today by Cardiff University aim to provide the public with a better understanding of devolution in Wales ahead of the National Assembly elections in May. The two projects, an online booklet Guide to covering the National Assembly for Wales Election for Community Journalists and a new online course Scotland and Wales Vote 2016: Understanding the Devolved Elections, will provide people in Wales with the knowledge to better understand the forthcoming Welsh General Election in May.

Media - Computer Science - 05.03.2016
What readers think about computer-generated texts
An experimental study carried out by LMU media researchers has found that readers rate texts generated by algorithms more credible than texts written by real journalists. Readers like to read texts generated by computers, especially when they are unaware that what they are reading was assembled on the basis of an algorithm.

Media - Social Sciences - 04.02.2016
Meaningful media may push altruism across bounds of race and age
"Previous research has shown that people tend to be more altruistic after they watch a movie or television program that they consider more meaningful, but this study suggests that not only are they more altruistic, but they are more willing to offer help to people from different groups outside of their own," Bailey said.

Media - 03.02.2016
Women are seen more than heard in online news
New research using Artificial Intelligence finds men's views and voices more prominent than women's It has long been argued that women are under-represented and marginalised in relation to men in the world's news media. New research, by Bristol and Cardiff universities, using artificial intelligence (AI), has analysed over two million articles to find out how gender is represented in online news.

Media - Computer Science - 11.12.2015
How to feed and raise a Wikipedia robo-editor
Dr Mehrnoosh Sadrzadeh from QMUL's School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science looks at what it takes to teach an AI how to read natural human languages. Wikipedia is to put artificial intelligence to the enormous task of keeping the free, editable online encyclopedia up-to-date, spam-free and legal.

Media - 18.11.2015
How Speakers Handle Questions During Presentations
AUSTIN, Texas - While researchers and professionals have long known that delivering engaging presentations is key to success in the business world, new research from The University of Texas at Austin shows that the manner in which speakers respond to questions and objections during presentations is just as important.

Social Sciences - Media - 03.11.2015
Journalist killers are escaping justice, research finds
Centre for the Freedom of the Media investigating the safety of journalists around the world Issue of journalistic freedom and the public right to know to be discussed in Question Time style debate in Sheffield Event is part of the Economic and Social Research Council Festival of Social Science Those who murder journalists are managing to escape justice, according to ongoing research by the University of Sheffield.

Media - Earth Sciences - 15.09.2015
Wikipedia world view 'shaped by editors in the West'
A new Oxford University study has found that nearly half of all edits to articles about places on Wikipedia were made by editors living in just five countries: the UK, US, France, Germany and Italy.  The researchers geocoded Wikipedia edit entries on articles mentioning places and also found there were more editors in the Netherlands than all of Africa combined.