ARTICLE: Social media use good for democracy

The use of social media, even for non-political purposes, increases political deliberation, write Trevor Dieh and Homero Gil de Zúñiga, both of University of Vienna, and Brian Weeks, of University of Michigan (names not in original order). The authors used a two-wave survey to compare people’s social media use patterns to their activity in political … Continued

ARTICLE: Different news read online and in print

The audience reads different news stories online than in print, write Torbjörn von Krogh, of Mid Sweden University and Ulrika Andersson, of University of Gothenburg. The authors compared the results of a telephone survey on the readership of a Swedish newspaper, and that newspaper’s web page’s metrics from the same time period. Print readers not … Continued

REPORT: Children’s and parents’ media use in the UK

Newly published Ofcom report explores children’s media literacy. The report includes evidence on media use, attitudes and understanding among children and young people aged 5-15, as well as detailed information about the media access and use of young children aged 3-4. Findings relating to parents’ views about their children’s media use, and the ways that parents … Continued

ARTICLE: Different news diets, different protests

The composition of a person’s news diet affects the likelihoods of different types of protest, write Lorenzo Mosca, of Scuola Normale Superiore, and Mario Quaranta, of LUISS Guido Carli. The authors had balanced samples of German, British and Italian citizens respond to an e-mail survey. The survey asked the respondents of their media use and … Continued

ARTICLE: Slow is the new fast in journalism

Immediacy is seen as one of the key values in journalism as people want to be informed about events and threats as soon as possible. This speed game has strengthened over the past decade because of technological and commercial forces. Will the upcoming digital generation be interested in slow journalism? ask Nico Drok and Liesbeth Hermans. Their … Continued

ARTICLE: Mixed-mode surveys usable on media audience

Media use can well be researched with surveys, that are submitted through both mail and online, writes Annika Bergström, of University of Gothenburg. The author studied the submissions to a national Swedish survey on media use, part of which were mailed back to the researchers and part of which were submitted via an online questionnaire. … Continued

REPORT: Traditional media lives on, at least somewhere

Despite the increasing use of online media, traditional news sources remain important at least in some European countries. The fact is revealed in a supplementary report to the Reuters Institute for the study of Journalism (RISJ) Digital news 2015 report. The additional report extends the geographical scope of the original, including for the first time … Continued

REPORT: Traditional media declines in Denmark

The readerships of both regional and national newspapers have declined in Denmark over the recent years. Similarly the Danes have cut back on their time spent viewing television. At the same time, the use of internet has increased, for various purposes and by various devices. The results were published by the Danish Agency for Culture … Continued

ARTICLE: To Swedish youth, social media news are not ‘real’

Swedish teenagers on the cusp of adulthood consider news found on social media as being less ‘real’ than news received via traditional media, writes Malin Sveningsson from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. The conclusion was reached after a qualitative, multi-method research into the news consumption habits of 26 Swedish highschoolers. The participants were selected from … Continued