Changing News Use pulls from empirical research to introduce and describe how changing news user patterns and journalism practices have been mutually disruptive, exploring what journalists and the news media can learn from these changes.
Based on fifteen years of audience research, the authors provide an in-depth description of what people do with news and how this has diversified over time, from reading, watching and listening to a broader spectrum of user practices including checking, scrolling, tagging, and avoiding. By emphasizing people’s own experience of journalism, this book also investigates what two prominent audience measurements – clicking and spending time – mean from a user perspective. The book outlines ways to overcome the dilemma of providing what people apparently want (attention-grabbing news features) and delivering what people apparently need (what journalists see as important information), suggesting alternative ways to investigate and become sensitive to the practices, preferences and pleasures of audiences and discussing what these research findings might mean for everyday journalism practice.
The book is a valuable and timely resource for academics and researchers interested in the fields of journalism studies, sociology, digital media, and communication.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Introduction: Changing news use, unchanged news experiences?
Chapter 2: Scrolling, triangulating, tagging and abstaining: The diversification of news use between 2004-2020
Chapter 3: What clicking actually means
Chapter 4: A user perspective on Time Spent: Temporal experiences of everyday news use
Chapter 5: Material and sensory dimensions of everyday news use
Chapter 6: How to deal with news user practices, preferences and pleasures? From audience responsiveness to audience sensitivity
Irene Costera Meijer is Professor of Journalism Studies at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. She is a world leading journalism and media scholar having recently set the agenda for the audience turn in journalism studies. Her research appeared in many journals and books and focuses on what news users value about journalism.
Tim Groot Kormelink is Assistant Professor of Journalism Studies at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. His work centers around capturing and making sense of everyday news use and has appeared in such journals as Journalism, Journalism Studies, Digital Journalism, Media, Culture & Society and International Journal of Press/Politics.