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Released: 5-Aug-2020 4:05 PM EDT
Journalists' Twitter use shows them talking within smaller bubbles
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Usher and Ng, journalism professors at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, identified nine clusters of journalists or “communities of practice” in their study, published online by the journal Social Media and Society.

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Released: 4-Aug-2020 7:05 PM EDT
Reporting on Local Health Systems
Council on Foreign Relations (CFR)

Susan Dentzer, health-care analyst, commentator, journalist, and senior policy fellow at the Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy, discusses local health systems, including how they are coping with the COVID-19 pandemic and best practices for reporting on the subject. Carla Anne Robbins, CFR adjunct senior fellow and former deputy editorial page editor at the New York Times, hosts the webinar.

Newswise: New Editors-in-Chief Appointed for ISPOR’s Value & Outcomes Spotlight Magazine
Released: 4-Aug-2020 6:30 AM EDT
New Editors-in-Chief Appointed for ISPOR’s Value & Outcomes Spotlight Magazine
ISPOR—The Professional Society for Health Economics and Outcomes Research

ISPOR, the professional society for health economics and outcomes research (HEOR), announced the appointment of 2 new Editors-in-Chief for its HEOR news magazine, Value & Outcomes Spotlight.

Newswise: New Algorithms Could Reduce Polarization Driven By Information Overload
Released: 30-Jul-2020 12:45 PM EDT
New Algorithms Could Reduce Polarization Driven By Information Overload
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

As the volume of available information expands, the fraction a person is able to absorb shrinks. To break this cycle, computer scientists say we need new algorithms that prioritize a broader view over fulfilling consumer biases.

Released: 27-Jul-2020 1:05 PM EDT
Commercial Payments Linked to Biased Articles in Medical Journals
University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin)

Scientists have long been concerned that the common practice of medical journals accepting commercial payments from pharmaceutical companies may lead to pro-industry bias in published articles. According to new research at The University of Texas at Austin, scientists were right to be concerned, but they were focusing on the wrong type of payments. In a new article published by PLOS ONE, researchers reviewed 128,781 articles published in 159 different medical journals for markers of pro-industry bias, evaluating whether accepting advertising revenue, fulfilling reprint contracts or being owned by a large multinational publishing firm made a journal more likely to publish articles favorable to industry. They found that articles published in journals that accept reprint fees are nearly three times more likely to be written by authors who receive industry payments. “I was honestly surprised by the findings here,” said S. Scott Graham, lead author of the study and assistant professor of

Released: 14-Jul-2020 9:55 AM EDT
Jaad Ranks No. 1 Among Dermatology Journals
American Academy of Dermatology

The Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology is the top peer-reviewed journal in its field, according to the 2019 impact factor rankings recently published by the Journal Citation Reports (JCR) Web of Science Group.

Released: 10-Jul-2020 12:35 PM EDT
Our itch to share helps spread COVID-19 misinformation
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

To stay current about the Covid-19 pandemic, people need to process health information when they read the news. Inevitably, that means people will be exposed to health misinformation, too, in the form of false content, often found online, about the illness.

Released: 7-Jul-2020 2:05 PM EDT
Law clinic wins access to COVID-19 race data
Cornell University

The First Amendment Clinic at Cornell Law School, working on behalf of its client, The New York Times, helped secure the release of previously unseen data that provides the most detailed look yet at nearly 1.5 million American coronavirus patients from 974 counties across the country.

25-Jun-2020 10:40 AM EDT
Level of media coverage for scientific research linked to number of citations

An analysis of over 800 academic research papers on physical health and exercise suggests that the level of popular media coverage for a given paper is strongly linked to the attention it receives within the scientific community.

Released: 1-Jul-2020 8:50 AM EDT
Journal of the American College of Radiology Increases Impact Factor in New Rankings
American College of Radiology (ACR)

According to the newly released 2020 Journal Citation Report, the Journal of the American College of Radiology (JACR) has achieved a 2019 Impact Factor of 4.268, up from 3.785 last year. This is the journal’s 8th consecutive increase in impact factor year-over-year.

Released: 30-Jun-2020 2:05 PM EDT
The Impact Factor of AACC’s Clinical Chemistry Journal Increases to 7.292
American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC)

AACC, a global scientific and medical professional organization dedicated to better health through laboratory medicine, is pleased to announce that the impact factor of its journal, Clinical Chemistry, has risen to 7.292 in the 2019 Clarivate Analytics Journal Citation Reports. This impact factor places Clinical Chemistry in the top 4.2% of 12,838 ranked academic journals and speaks to the significant influence of the science it publishes on laboratory medicine and patient care.

28-Jun-2020 7:50 PM EDT
ASA Monitor Relaunched to Reflect More Global, Timely Issues in Perioperative Health Care News
American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA)

To bring a full range of perioperative health care news and information to physician anesthesiologists, surgical care team members and health care executives, the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) today announced its expanded partnership with Wolters Kluwer to publish and relaunch its publication the ASA Monitor

Released: 26-Jun-2020 12:05 PM EDT
How conspiracy theories emerge -- and how their storylines fall apart
University of California Los Angeles (UCLA)

A new study by UCLA professors offers a new way to understand how unfounded conspiracy theories emerge online.

Newswise: MyWorld set to make South West a digital media leader on global stage
Released: 26-Jun-2020 7:45 AM EDT
MyWorld set to make South West a digital media leader on global stage
University of Bristol

The South West is on track to become an international trailblazer in screen-based media thanks to £46 million funding, which will launch a creative media powerhouse called MyWorld and supercharge economic growth, generating more than 700 jobs.

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Released: 23-Jun-2020 2:10 PM EDT
'Game changer' for reporters: 2016 US presidential election coverage
University of Missouri, Columbia

The 2016 U.S. presidential election is considered a "game changer" for journalists covering the U.S. presidential elections by causing them to dramatically reconsider how they view their role -- either as neutral disseminators of information or impassioned advocates for the truth -- according to researchers at the University of Missouri's School of Journalism.

Released: 18-Jun-2020 3:05 PM EDT
Claiming Journalism Is ‘Fake News’ May Satisfy a Personal Need for an Orderly World
Association for Psychological Science

People who use the term “fake news” to discredit information from largely legitimate news sources may do so partly to satisfy their need to see the world as an orderly and structured place.

Released: 18-Jun-2020 8:35 AM EDT
“Fake News” Lowers Trust in Mainstream Media across Party Lines, Study Finds
Rutgers University-New Brunswick

A Rutgers-led study finds that online misinformation, or “fake news,” lowers people's trust in mainstream media across party lines.

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Released: 17-Jun-2020 8:40 AM EDT
VIDEO AND TRANSCRIPT AVAILABLE: Defund or Reform? BLM and Policing Expert Panel: Newswise Live Event for June 16, 2PM EDT

Black Lives Matter and "De-funding the Police": Newswise Live Event for June 16, 2PM EDT

Newswise: Courageous journalists: URI’s Taricani Lecture Series honors late journalist with discussion on First Amendment
Released: 11-Jun-2020 3:05 PM EDT
Courageous journalists: URI’s Taricani Lecture Series honors late journalist with discussion on First Amendment
University of Rhode Island

The University of Rhode Island’s Harrington School of Communication and Media hosts the Taricani Lecture Series on First Amendment Rights. The series, which will be streamed live, opens Tuesday, June 16, with award-winning journalists and authors Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn. The three-part, virtual lecture series honors the memory of veteran Rhode Island newsman Jim Taricani, who died June 21, 2019, at the age of 69.

Released: 9-Jun-2020 4:05 PM EDT
The Following News Release Contains Potentially Disturbing Content: Trigger Warnings Fail to Help and May Even Harm
Association for Psychological Science

New research suggests that trigger warnings have little or no benefit in cushioning the blow of potentially disturbing content and, in some cases, may make things worse.

Newswise: In Trump v. Twitter: ‘Twitter Will Win’
Released: 8-Jun-2020 1:50 PM EDT
In Trump v. Twitter: ‘Twitter Will Win’
University of Notre Dame

As America’s general election looms, Tim Weninger, the Frank M. Friemann Collegiate Associate Professor of Engineering at Notre Dame, discusses the current state of social media, the dangers of disinformation and how users can get smarter about what they share.

Released: 3-Jun-2020 2:30 PM EDT
In anti-piracy work, blocking websites more effective when multiple sites are targeted
Carnegie Mellon University

An important challenge facing media industries today is whether and how copyright policy should be adapted to the realities of the digital age. The invention and subsequent adoption of filesharing technologies has eroded the strength of copyright law across many countries, and research has shown that digital piracy reduces sales of music and motion picture content.

Released: 18-May-2020 5:20 PM EDT
CSU-trained Journalists: Vital to California
California State University (CSU) Chancellor's Office

California citizens need reputable news and trusted information today more than ever, and the CSU is preparing the future workforce of truth-seeking journalists.

Released: 14-May-2020 3:40 PM EDT
Coronavirus outbreak trending topics - See the Coronavirus Channel

Research and experts on the symptoms and spread of COVID-19, impact on global trade and financial markets, public health response, search for an effective treatment, and more

Newswise: Canadian Chiropractors Remove Vaccination Info on Websites After Media Coverage
Released: 5-May-2020 11:05 AM EDT
Canadian Chiropractors Remove Vaccination Info on Websites After Media Coverage
McMaster University

The research team conducted a prospective cohort study focused on Canadian chiropractors’ websites between July 2016 and April 2019. Researchers revisited all identified websites from 2016 in April 2019 to explore changes to posted vaccination material.

Newswise: ISPOR Introduces HEOR-Focused COVID-19 News Webpage
Released: 28-Apr-2020 4:05 AM EDT
ISPOR Introduces HEOR-Focused COVID-19 News Webpage
ISPOR—The Professional Society for Health Economics and Outcomes Research

ISPOR—The Professional Society for Health Economics and Outcomes Research—announced that it has posted a COVID-19 News webpage.

Released: 17-Apr-2020 5:05 PM EDT
FSU expert available to comment on sociological aspect of ‘Tiger King’
Florida State University

By: Kelsey Klopfenstein | Published: April 17, 2020 | 4:50 pm | SHARE: Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, viewers worldwide have become captivated by the hit Netflix mini docuseries “Tiger King.”To help understand the sociological aspect of the series, an FSU professor of sociology is available to comment on the allure of the show and why a public interest fosters community during this time.

Newswise: NYU’s Carter Journalism Institute Names Maria Danilova Winner of Matthew Power Literary Reporting Award
13-Apr-2020 11:30 AM EDT
NYU’s Carter Journalism Institute Names Maria Danilova Winner of Matthew Power Literary Reporting Award
New York University

NYU's Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute has named Maria Danilova, a journalist whose longform work has appeared in Harper’s Magazine and the Atlantic, the winner of its sixth Matthew Power Literary Reporting Award.

Released: 9-Apr-2020 2:10 PM EDT
COVID-19 survey: Who is doing best at following the rules?
University of Delaware

Young people, heavy news consumers and liberals are engaging in more recommended coronavirus (COVID-19) preventative practices than older people, the less informed and conservatives, according to a new national survey conducted by University of Delaware communication researchers.

Released: 8-Apr-2020 11:20 PM EDT
‘Fake News’ Increases Consumer Demands for Corporate Action
North Carolina State University

New research finds that “fake news” inspires consumers to demand corrective action from companies – even if the company is a victim of the fake news story. The study also supports the idea that most people feel they are better at detecting fake news than other people are.

Released: 8-Apr-2020 6:05 PM EDT
April 10 Media Press Conference | Health Equity in Real Time with COVID-19
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Health Sciences and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Media teleconference sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Friday, April 10th, at Noon ET / 9 AM PT

Released: 6-Apr-2020 12:05 PM EDT
Researchers at Missouri S&T use social media to study COVID-19
Missouri University of Science and Technology

As COVID-19 sweeps across the U.S. and the world, people have taken to social media with concerns, questions and opinions. Researchers at Missouri S&T are analyzing tens of millions of posts on Twitter in real time to show how attitudes toward the disease have changed. The researchers are designing machine learning and natural language processing techniques for the study.

Released: 1-Apr-2020 12:00 PM EDT
FSU study finds no media bias when it comes to story selection
Florida State University

By: Mark Blackwell Thomas | Published: April 1, 2020 | 11:22 am | SHARE: For as long as there have been news media, there have been allegations that journalists are biased and slant stories to fit their views. While many studies have explored this issue, there has been little research into how political ideology influences which stories get covered.

Released: 30-Mar-2020 8:00 AM EDT
How social media makes it difficult to identify real news
Ohio State University

There’s a price to pay when you get your news and political information from the same place you find funny memes and cat pictures, new research suggests.

Released: 26-Mar-2020 10:05 AM EDT
Guardian US environment reporter receives Endocrine Society Award for Excellence in Science and Medical Journalism
Endocrine Society

Guardian US environment reporter Emily Holden received the Endocrine Society’s annual Award for Excellence in Science and Medical Journalism, the Society announced today.

Released: 25-Mar-2020 7:05 PM EDT
The National Association of Science Writers invites reporters covering COVID-19 to join a free discussion list for support, questions, and resources

Are you a reporter looking for the mutual support of colleagues and community during these stressful times? The National Association of Science Writers (NASW) invites any reporter covering the COVID-19 pandemic — especially those for whom science or health is a new beat — to join a new list for sharing resources, sources, and information.

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Released: 24-Mar-2020 12:55 PM EDT
VIDEO AND TRANSCRIPT AVAILABLE: COVID-19 Expert Panel: Children's Health, Mental Health, and Education During the Coronavirus Outbreak.

Expert Panel scheduled for Monday March 23 at 2 PM EDT, Media Invited to Attend and Ask Questions

Released: 24-Mar-2020 11:35 AM EDT
Lack of media skepticism tied to belief in rape myths
Cornell University

People who tend to recognize similarities between people they know and people depicted in the media are more likely to believe common myths about sexual assault, according to a new study co-led by a Cornell researcher.

Released: 23-Mar-2020 2:10 PM EDT
Repeated novel coronavirus media exposure may be linked to psychological distress
University of California, Irvine

Irvine, Calif., March 23, 2020 – While government officials and news organizations work to communicate critical risk assessments and recommendations to the public during a health crisis such as the new coronavirus pandemic, a related threat may be emerging, according to researchers at the University of California, Irvine: psychological distress resulting from repeated media exposure to the crisis.

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Released: 17-Mar-2020 5:05 PM EDT
Media consumption predicts how people think about computer hacking
Arizona State University (ASU)

A recent study from Arizona State University examined the impact of general media consumption on hacking behavior. People who consumed more media thought others were likely to engage in hacking. The punishments associated with hacking had no influence on how people thought about hacking.

Released: 16-Mar-2020 10:30 AM EDT
Last Call for Entries: AIP's 2020 Science Communication Awards
American Institute of Physics (AIP)

The American Institute of Physics is accepting nominations for the 2020 AIP Science Communication Awards through March 31, 2020. Four awards will be given for the best science writing in books; magazine, newspaper or online articles; children's books and other works intended for children; and broadcast and online. Works should be intended for a general audience and will be judged on their ability to enhance the public’s understanding and appreciation of physics and related fields.

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