Claes appointed to advisory board EU Digital Media Observatory

Among other things, EDMO reports to the European Commission about the main trends and other key research findings relating to disinformation. The Advisory Board, composed of experts who act in their individual capacity, provides guidance on strategy and monitors the Executive Board’s compliance with the project guidelines and principles.

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CPC ready for virtual ICA

The presentations are recorded as we speak. We need much bandwidth, seeing all these diverse topics CPC will cover. From disinformation, to open science and from satire to news recommender systems. And much, much more. PolCom PG ICA 2020 papers: Araujo, T., Zarouali, B., Ohme, J., & de Vreese, C.H. (2019). Open science for (automated) private interactions: Chatbots as (open) data collection engines. Bos,…

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Claes secures NORFACE funding

The NORFACE application “THREATPIE: The Threats and Potentials of a Changing Political Information Environment” from the NEPOCS (nepocs.eu) network was successful. Claes is one of the core applicants. The project involves cross-national data collection and four positions in different countries, including a postdoc, spending time in both Antwerp and Amsterdam.

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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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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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