1st Edition

Audience Research Methodologies Between Innovation and Consolidation

    The transformations of people’s relations to media content, technologies and institutions raise new methodological challenges and opportunities for audience research. This edited volume aims at contributing to the development of the repertoire of methods and methodologies for audience research by reviewing and exemplifying approaches that have been stimulated by the changing conditions and practices of audiences. The contributions address a range of issues and approaches related to the diversification, integration and triangulation of methods for audience research, to the gap between the researched and the researchers, to the study of online social networks, and to the opportunities brought about by Web 2.0 technologies as research tools.

    Introduction Geoffroy Patriarche, Helena Bilandzic, Jakob Linaa Jensen and Jelena Jurišić Part I: Audience Research Methods Between Diversification and Integration 1. Audience Conceiving among Journalists: Integrating Social-Organizational Analysis and Cultural Analysis through Ethnography Igor Vobič 2. Audience Research Methods: Facing the Challenges of Transforming Audiences Miguel Vicente-Mariño 3. Triangulation as a Way to Validate and Deepen the Knowledge about User Behavior: A Comparison between Questionnaires, Diaries and Traffic Measurements Olle Findahl, Christina Lagerstedt and Andreas Aurelius Part II: Bridging the Gap between the Researched and the Researcher 4. Participatory Design as an Innovative Approach to Research on Young Audiences Christine W. Wijnen and Sascha Trültzsch 5. Researching Audience Participation in Museums: A Multi-Method and Multi-Site Interventionist Approach Pille Pruulmann-Vengerfeldt, Taavi Tatsi, Pille Runnel and Agnes Aljas 6. Researching Ethnic Minority Groups as Audiences: Implementing Culturally Appropriate Research Strategies Marta Cola and Manuel Mauri Brusa Part III: Studying Online Social Networks 7. Exploring the Potential of Creative Research for the Study of Imagined Audiences: A Case tudy of Estonian Students’ Sketches on the Typical Facebook Users Andra Siibak and Maria Murumaa-Mengel 8. Analyzing Online Social Networks from a User Perspective: A Quantitative-Qualitative Framework Jakob Linaa Jensen and Anne Scott Sørensen 9. Virtual Shadowing, Online Ethnographies and Social Networking Studies Nicoletta Vittadini and Francesca Pasquali Part IV: Web 2.0 Technologies as Research Tools 10. Digging the Web: Promises and Challenges of Using Web 2.0 Tools for Audience Research Matthias R. Hastall and Freya Sukalla 11. Twitter and Social TV: Microblogging as a New Approach to Audience Research Klaus Bredl, Christine Ketzer, Julia Hünniger and Jane Fleischer 12. An Evaluation of the Potential of Web 2.0 APIs for Social Research Cédric Courtois and Peter Mechant Part V: Conclusion 13. Audiences, Audiences Everywhere – Measured, Interpreted, and Imagined Klaus Bruhn Jensen


    Geoffroy Patriarche is an Associate Professor at Université Saint-Louis - Brussels, Belgium

    Helena Bilandzic is a Professor in the Institute of Media and Educational Technology at the University of Augsburg, Germany

    Jakob Linaa Jensen is an Associate Professor in the Department of Aesthetics and Communication - Media Science at Aarhus University, Denmark

    Jelena Jurišić is an Assistant Professor in Croatian Studies at the University of Zagreb, Croatia