Alyt defended her dissertation

We are very proud of Alyt Damstra, who wrote an excellent dissertation and defended it with much conviction. Her dissertation is titled Economic News. How It’s Made and How It Matters. More info can be found here.

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Sanne receives two NWO-grants

Sanne together with Rens and Jeroen de Ridder (VU) received a NWO grant focusing on conflict framing in social media. For more information see: https://www.nwo.nl/en/news-and-events/news/2019/12/in-nine-collaborative-projects-social-sciences-and-humanities-researchers-are-jointly-investigating-the-digital-society.html Sanne also received an NWO-Raak grant for the project (together with Sophie Lecheler and Yael de Haan) “From black box to gift box: Hidden mechanisms in automated journalism”. For more information see: https://www.journalismlab.nl/j-lab-start-nieuw-tweejarig-onderzoek-naar-het-gebruik-van-geautomatiseerde-tools-door-journalisten

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Katjana speaks about the new European Commission

Katjana hosts an ACES public roundtable on “The new European Commission. On the Spitzenkandidaten procedure and the challenges ahead”. Register here: https://www.spui25.nl/spui25-en/events/events/2020/01/the-new-european-commission.html?origin=NY%2F9hMhAQhOv8%2FEeoPahTA

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ERC Consolidator grant for Joost van Spanje

Joost’s project is called: ‘New Parties on the News: How New(s) Media and New Parties Shape Attention and Electoral Support for Political Ideas’ “ERC Consolidator Grants are designed to support excellent Principal Investigators at the career stage at which they may still be consolidating their own independent research team or programme. Applicant Principal Investigators must demonstrate the ground-breaking nature,…

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NWO funding for microtargeting research

Big Brother wants your vote: how critical micro-targeting influences Dutch democracy  NWO has awarded 750.000 euro to study political microtargeting in the Netherlands. Political actors send citizens tailored, microtargeted messages, hoping to get more votes. This approach comes with potential upsides (more political engagement) and potential downsides (deceit of citizens). This project studies the chances and threats of microtargeting…

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Joost and Rachid show How Stigmatization of the PVV Reduces Its Electoral Support

Joost van Spanje and Rachid Azrout examined voters’ reactions to news media coverage of the Dutch party PVV. They found that exposure to stigmatization lowered perceived legitimacy of the PVV among voters who held anti-immigrant attitudes. In turn, this decreased these voters’ propensity to vote for the PVV. Joost and Rachid conclude that stigmatization can be a useful tool…

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Bert wins top paper award in D.C.

At ICA, Bert’s paper (co-authored with Yphtach Lelkes and Ariel Malka): ‘Understanding partisan cue receptivity: Tests of predictions from the bounded rationality and expressive utility model’ received a top paper award from ICA’s Political Communication division.  The paper is forthcoming at The Journal of Politics. More info here.

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