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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


CFP | 30.4. | Conservative media in the US and beyond

Editors of an upcoming, edited book on conservative media are looking for chapter proposals. The book’s working title is “News on the Right: Studying Conservative News Cultures”, and it is edited by Anthony M. Nadler, of Ursinus College, and A. J. Bauer, of New York University. The volume will “mostly” focus on conservative media in … Continued

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ARTICLE: Visual aids help viewers recall numbers from TV news

Presenting numerical data in tables or graphs will help TV news audience recall the information, a study on American college students shows. Ivanka Pjesivac, of University of Georgia, with Nicholas Geidner and Laura E. Miller, both of University of Tennessee, had 113 students participate in an online experiment. The participants viewed one of three versions … Continued

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ARTICLE: What do migrants use the host country’s media for?

Amanda Alencar, of Erasmus University Rotterdam, and Mark Deuze, of University of Amsterdam, interviewed 49 immigrants over their media use. The sample included migrant workers and refugees living in either Spain or Netherlands. The interviewees are originally from Sub-Saharan Africa, Middle East, Eastern and Southern Europe, and Latin America. The most common rationale to use … Continued

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ARTICLE: For audience engagement, print is still king

Audiences to United Kingdom’s largest news brands still overwhelmingly consume their news via print, Neil Thurman, of both Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich and University of London, discovered. Thurman used a novel combination of audience data to compare the time spent with different news brands and delivery platforms. Eleven of UK’s largest newspaper brands were … Continued