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ARTICLE: The news will find you, but that might not make you wiser

Even in a saturated online media environment, active seeking for news is needed for learning about politics, write Homero Gil de Zúñiga, of the University of Vienna, Brian Weeks, of the University of Michigan, and Alberto Ardèvol-Abreu, of the Universidad de La Laguna. Their article studies the concept of news-finds-me perception, i.e. “the extent to … Continued

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ARTICLE: What predicts information overload when reading news online?

People who are confident about their capability to seek information experienced less information overload, a new study finds. Josephine B. Schmitt, of the University of Cologne, Christina A. Debbelt, of the University of Hohenheim & Frank M. Schneider, of the University of Mannheim studied predictors of information overload (IO) with online news. The authors conducted … Continued

Economic news and learning – Arjen van Dalen interview

VIDEO: Economic news and learning

Arjen van Dalen, Associate Professor at the University of Southern Denmark told us about his four-year research project that focuses on economic news. The research group studied, using content analysis and a large survey following people’s understanding of news during one year, how people learn about and understand economic news. At the end of the … Continued

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ARTICLE: Citizens have specialized in their orientation towards news

Specialization and disconnection are increasing in audiences’ news orientation, states a new study by Eiri Elvestad, of the University College of Southeast Norway, and Lee Shaker, of Portland State University. Authors studied how citizens consume local, national and international news in the United States and Norway, analysing data from two different surveys between 1995 and … Continued

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PROJECT: Where do people get their views on violence?

A new research project has been launched to map out the sources from which Finns find information on violent crime, and how that information affects their perceptions on the actual threat of violence. The project is a collaboration between the universities of Helsinki and Tampere. The research is split between the two partners according to … Continued

REPORT: How teens think about news?

Teens and young adults express low levels of trust in the news media, finds a new report by Data & Society Research Institute. The report studies youth news consumption behavior on mobile and social media. It is based on findings from six exploratory focus groups with 52 teenagers and young adults in the United States. Three key … Continued


CFP | 30.3. | What about audiences needs researching – and how?

Conference entitled “Audiences2030: Imagining a future for audiences” is calling for paper proposals. The event will be held in Lisbon, Portugal, on the 28th and 29th of September 2017. The conference marks the end of the CEDAR project – the Consortium on Emerging Directions in Audience Research. In essence, the conference is interested in ways … Continued

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ARTICLE: Participation not important to audience

What do citizens think of citizen journalism? Michael Karlsson and Christer Clerwall of Karlstad University and Lars Nord of Mid Sweden University used a survey and focus group interviews to explore and measure citizens’ views on user contributions in different parts of the journalistic process in Sweden. According to the results, the respondents do not … Continued