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Articles by Mark Coddington and Seth Lewis

Mark Coddington and Seth Lewis are two former journalists turned academics, now teaching and researching at Washington and Lee University (Mark) and the University of Oregon (Seth). They write the monthly RQ1 newsletter on journalism research.
“Appropriating the newspaper is tied to non-news practices which are meaningful to the actors, although they might seem trivial to some scholars.”
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Plus: The rural-urban divide in news and politics, when journalists see themselves as villains, the effect of errors on media trust, and more.
Plus: How newsrooms “pressured from the top” cover their corporate bosses, studies of the “Serial effect” in podcasting, and Facebook’s role as an infrastructure for local political information.
Plus: Journalistic norms vs. right-wing populism, what journalists think about deleting their tweets, and the unfulfilled promise of augmented reality for news
Plus: How news organizations use TikTok, challenges in covering white nationalism, newsbot–audience communication, and the organizational behavior of Russia Today.
Plus: Life in a news desert, how journalists forge a digital self on social media, and online harassment of journalists as “mob censorship.”
Plus: “Cultural competence” through diverse sourcing; limitations in how journalists represent public opinion; and lessons from studying 7,000 news push notifications.
Plus: How journalists cover global infectious disease, how audiences think news organizations should improve trust, and “news minimalists and omnivores.”
Plus: How journalists use Slack to promote transparency, what early adolescents think about news, and how social corrections of misinformation occur on WhatsApp.