Sourcing Pandemic News: A Cross-National Computational Analysis of Mainstream Media Coverage of COVID-19 on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, published in Digital Journalism, and written by several members of the JRP team has recently been shortlisted for the MeCCSA Journal Article of the Year Award.
MeCCSA is the subject association for the field of media, communication and cultural studies in UK Higher Education.
This is the third award that this paper has been shortlisted for, after making the shortlist for the 2022 Wolfgang Donsbach Outstanding Journal Article of the Year Award (awarded by the ICA Journalism Studies Division) and the 2021-22 Bob Franklin Journal Article Award (for the best article published in Digital Journalism, Journalism Practice and Journalism Studies).
Award winners will be announced during the MeCCSA Annual Conference 2022, hosted by Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, 7-9th September.
The article is a large-scale project based on the analysis of 940,000 online posts on COVID-19 across 7 countries. The study offers much in terms of originality, specifically in terms of its methodological approach, examining how sourcing works on social media across 7 countries. It is a strong contribution to rethinking the source-journalist relationship in different national contexts, and more particularly at a time of worldwide health crises. The article provides valuable findings about the coverage of COVID internationally.