Taylor's FSLM Journals

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Engaging journalism: News in the time of the COVID-19 pandemic
John V. Pavlik
Abstract: As COVID-19 continues to devastate the world, journalism is adapting itself as the public seeks trustworthy news and reliable information about the pandemic. Focused primarily on the U.S. but with key international points of comparison for context, this article looks at how news media in 2020 adapted to the challenges caused by the pandemic to the journalism industry — already disrupted by a host of forces, including digital technologies…
Responses to media coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic and information behaviour in the Japanese context
Jinah Lee
Abstract: This study explores the psychological and behavioural responses towards COVID-19 and attitudes towards government communication and media coverage on COVID-19, with an emphasis on young adults in the Japanese context. Taking into consideration concerns regarding pandemic fatigue, the study also addresses information seeking, overload and avoidance among the young generation in Japan. An online survey was conducted with 800 internet users aged between 20 and 29 residing in Kanto and Kansai, Japan’s two major regions…
Emerging themes in Facebook and Twitter before Movement Control Order (MCO) in Malaysia
Khairulnissa A.K., Logeswary a/p Krisnan, Manimaran a/l Krishnan Kaundan & *Ahlam Abdul Aziz
Abstract: Social media’s potential to directly interact with the public and stakeholders is huge and pertinent, especially during a health crisis. This research applied the phenomenological approach to explore themes related to COVID-19 that emerged on Facebook and Twitter before the Movement Control Order (MCO)(1 January – 17 March 2020). For this purpose…
Media dependency, interpersonal communication and panic during the COVID-19 Movement Control Order
Ali Salman
Abstract: With the accelerated spread of the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, people around the world continue to experience fear and panic which are manifested in diverse behavioural changes. Digital media, conventional media and interpersonal communication as mediums of information on COVID-19 might play a role in spreading panic among the population. The paper aims…
Dominant voices in the time of a global disaster: Representation of science in online news reportage of the COVID-19 pandemic
Racquel Garcia-Agustin & *Jaime Zeus Agustin
Abstract: With regard to global health crises, such as the current COVID-19 pandemic, when reliance on scientific information is crucial, it would be interesting to establish how much “voice” or space is given to scientists and their opinions or information in science news stories, which are the public’s main source of information. Anchored on Nisbet’s (2009) news framing theory…
Pandemic politics and communication crisis: How social media buzzers impaired the lockdown aspiration in Indonesia
*Iswandi Syahputra Rajab Ritonga, Diah Ajeng Purwani, Masduki, Syarifah Ema Rahmaniah & Umaimah Wahid
Abstract: This study looks at the communication on social media in the initial period of the COVID-19 pandemic in Indonesia, specifically between the aspirations of citizens wishing for a lockdown and buzzers on Twitter rejecting it. Primary data of the study were obtained via interviews with three netizens who are social media activists. They were: CPL, an influencer on Twitter with…
The perspectives of street food traders on foreign worker dependency during the COVID-19 pandemic
Rachel Yong Yuen May & *Muhammad Safuan Abdul Latip
Abstract: Gastronomic tourism is a motivator for tourists to visit destinations with great potential for domestic and international tourism attraction. Street food is a socially and culturally acceptable source that is inexpensive, easy, and appealing for urban and rural populations worldwide. As a unique destination attractor, it is a useful tool to help market…
The representation of Covid-19 and China in Reuters’ and Xinhua’s headlines
Saleh Al-Salman & *Ahmad S. Haider
Abstract: The scare caused by China’s sudden coronavirus outbreak turned out to be a global threat. The new virus cases and infections have been spreading fast both in China and abroad, prompting the World Health Organization (WHO) to declare a global health emergency. By analysing a corpus of 16,980 English headlines of Reuters and Xinhua from January 8, 2020, to February 29, 2020, the present…