‘Horse-race’ coverage may hinder Senate candidates

News coverage focused on strategy over policy can hinder the success of candidates in US Senate races, research finds.

Noelle Toumey Reetz-Georgia State • futurity
Jan. 12, 2021 ~6 min

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How the Lindbergh baby kidnapping changed media

A new book explores how the kidnapping of baby Charles Lindbergh, Jr., began a media revolution and became the "crime of the century."

Jarret Bencks-Brandeis • futurity
Dec. 24, 2020 ~7 min

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Brains react to facts more than stuff that’s possible

"Our brains seem to be particularly sensitive to information that is presented as fact, underlining the power of factual language."

James Devitt-NYU • futurity
Dec. 9, 2020 ~5 min

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Don’t spread this holiday suicide myth

The holiday season has the lowest rates of suicide, despite a lot of reporting each year that perpetuates the myth that rates increase.

Michael Rozansky-Penn • futurity
Dec. 8, 2020 ~11 min

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Phones actually pop skewed ‘news bubbles’

Despite concerns over partisan "news bubbles" or "echo chambers," new research shows phones help Americans get more diverse news than desktop computers.

Julie Sloane-Penn • futurity
Nov. 4, 2020 ~6 min

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Just feeling exposed to ‘fake news’ makes voters cynical

The more voters believe they are exposed to misinformation, the more cynical they feel when Election Day arrives, a new study shows.

Alexis Blue-U. Arizona • futurity
Oct. 29, 2020 ~9 min

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Mask vs. muzzle: Even words are now polarized

Americans are essentially speaking separate, polarized languages, an analysis of words in cable news video comments indicates.

Byron Spice-Carnegie Mellon • futurity
Oct. 23, 2020 ~6 min

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Local news covers murder victims from white places more

Local news covers murder victims from Black or Hispanic neighborhoods less, researchers say. The news also humanizes victims from white places more.

Stanford • futurity
Oct. 8, 2020 ~9 min

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Tracking your eyes could fight fake news

A new study shows that eyes linger less on fake news headlines. That could lead to using eye tracking to fight against false headlines.

Maria Hornbek-Copenhagen • futurity
Sept. 8, 2020 ~6 min

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Social media users are more likely to believe bunk COVID facts

People who get most of their news from social media are more likely to have misperceptions about COVID-19, a new study shows.

Shirley Cardenas-McGill • futurity
July 30, 2020 ~4 min

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