WhatsAppening to the news? How WhatsApp is used to distribute news and engage audiences in Brazil.

Ever wonder WhatsAppening to the news? Digital applications such as WhatsApp are continuously being used to distribute news and engage audiences by news organizations, and two of our ESRs, Giuliander Carpes and Enric Moreu, present on their site how 14 companies in Brazil are currently using the platform. […]

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The challenges of researching news chatbots on messaging apps

By Samuel Danzon-Chambaud (DCU), Enric Moreu (DCU), and Giuliander Carpes (UPS) At a recent workshop, JOLT ESRs worked in teams to develop ideas for research projects. Here, three ESRs consider how to investigate the use of chatbots in news. To develop this research idea we combined our three areas of expertise: algorithms and news; machine […]

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Automation in online content moderation: in the search of lost legitimacy and the risks of censorship

By Charis Papaevangelou (UPS), Jiahong Huang (UvA), Lucia Mesquita (DCU), and Sara Creta (DCU) At a recent workshop, JOLT ESRs worked in multi-disciplinary teams to develop ideas for research projects that address a major issue surrounding media and technology. As the European Commission prepares to announce its much-anticipated Digital Services Act, four ESRs review the […]

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Branding Data Journalism: giving a soul to data storytelling

By Mathias Felipe de Lima Santos, University of Navarra We are seeing during this coronavirus outbreak, some media outlets are able to leverage the use of data and technology in time to produce more ambitious stories beyond global death toll and infection rates. This pandemic will change our future using data, as publishers have shown […]

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Publishers are using messaging apps for news distribution at least since 2014. Why is their usage still experimental or secondary to other platforms?

By Giuliander Carpes da Silva, ESR at Université de Toulouse III Paul Sabatier Recently, WhatsApp became the second application in the world to reach 2 billion monthly users, only after its parent company Facebook. Messenger is not so far behind with 1.3 billion monthly users. Telegram is emerging as an important competitor with 400 million […]

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Mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s got the highest metrics of all?

Questioning the power relations behind audience metrics in journalism By Sophie Chauvet, ESR at SAMSA.fr What do fields such as academia, health, police and journalism all have in common? Metrics. Ubiquitously imbricated in the fabric of our professional lives, these statistics are thought to possess a wide range of defining abilities: at times unlocking rewards […]

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This project is funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Sklodowska Curie grant agreement No 765140