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Introverted Locals or World Citizens?
A Quantitative Study of Interest in Local and Foreign News in Traditional Media and on the Internet


Claiming that interest in local vs. foreign news is one way of measuring orientation towards local and greater society, this paper utilizes a Norwegian survey with questions about interest in news to identify groups with different orientations. The study builds on Merton’s (1949) local/cosmopolitan dichotomy, but takes this further by claiming that rather than two, there are four different ways of orienting oneself towards local and greater society on the basis of local/foreign news interest. The author suggests that a categorizing of individuals into either ‘locals’, ‘cosmopolitans’, ‘local cosmopolitans’ or the ‘disconnected’ is a more fruitful way of dealing with this matter. The results show that gender, age, education and ties to one’s domicile may help explain which type of individual constitutes each of the four categories. Comparing traditional media with the Internet, the study shows that the level of interest in news on the Internet is generally lower, but that the patterns tied to the traditional media are transferred relatively unchanged to the Internet.

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Negotiating Professional News Judgment and “Clicks”
Comparing Tabloid, Broadsheet and Public Service Traditions in Sweden

York: Crown Publishers. MacGregor, P. (2007) ‘Tracking the Online Audience’, Journalism Studies , 8(2): 280-298. Manovich, L. (2001) The Language of New Media , Cambridge: MIT Press. McKenzie, C.Lowrey, W., Hays, H., Chung, J.Y., Woo, C.W. (2011) ‘Listening to News Audiences: The Impact of Community Structure and Economic Factors’, Mass Communication and Society , 14(3): 375-395. McManus, J. (1994) Market-Driven Journalism: Let the Citizen Beware? Thousand Oaks: Sage Publications. O

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Media Choice Proliferation and Shifting Orientations Towards News in the United States and Norway, 1995-2012

:// . Pew (2014). Internet Use Over Time. Pew Research Center: Internet, Science & Tech . January 2. . Prior, Markus (2007). Post-Broadcast Democracy: How Media Choice Increases Political Inequality and Polarizes Elections . New York: Cambridge University Press. Prior, Markus (2009). The Immensely Inflated News Audience: Assessing Bias in Self-Reported News Exposure. Public Opinion Quarterly 73(1): 130-143. doi:10.1093/poq/nfp002. Rainie, Lee, & Wellman, Barry (2012

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Widening or Closing the Knowledge Gap?
The Role of TV and Newspapers in Changing the Distribution of Political Knowledge

. Newton, K. (1999) ‘Mass Media Effects: Mobilization or Media Malaise’, British Journal of Political Science 29(4):577-599. Norges Offentlige Utredninger NOU 1983: 3. Massemedier og mediepolitikk Norris, P. (2000) A Virtuous circle. Political communications in Postindustrial Societies. Cambridge, Cambridge University Press Patterson, T.E. (2000) Doing and Doing Good: How Soft News and critical journalism are Shrinking the News audiences and weakening Democracy - And what News and Outlets can do about it . Cambridge, Harvard University Press

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Personality Filters for Online News Interest and Engagement

., Blekesaune, A. & Aalberg, T. (2014). The polarized news audience? A longitudinal study of news-seekers and news-avoiders in Europe. In Annual meeting of the American Political Science Association , 2014, August 28-31, Washington, D.C. Engvik, H. & Claussen, S. (2011). Norsk kortversjon av Big Five Inventory (BFI-20) [Norwegian short version of the Big Five Inventory (BFI-20)]. Tidsskrift for Norsk Psykologforening , 48: 869-872. Ferguson, C. J. (2009). An effect size primer: A guide for clinicians and researchers. Professional Psychology: Research and

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E-paper News Publishing
Strategies for Product and Production

. Nordicom-Sveriges Internetbarometer 2004, MedieNotiser 2, 2005, Göteborg: Nordicom. Peng, F. Them, N, and Xiaoming, H. (1999) Trends in Online Newspapers: A Look at the US Web Newspaper Research Journal 20 (2), pp. 52-63. Pew Research Center for the People and the Press (1999) Online Newcomers More Middle-Brow, Less Work-Oriented: The Internet News Audience Goes Ordinary, Accessed May 23 2006. Picard, R.G. and Brody, J.H. (1997) The Newspaper Publishing Industry. Needham Heights, MA: Allyn

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