Economic News: Informing The Inattentive Audience, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Economic News

Informing The Inattentive Audience, 1st Edition

By Arjen van Dalen, Helle Svensson, Antonis Kalogeropoulos, Erik Albæk, Claes H. de Vreese


202 pages

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This book tells the story of how the news media can help the inattentive members of the public become better educated and knowledgeable ‘economic citizens’. The authors argue that changes in the economy, journalism and consumer culture have made economic news more visible, more mainstream and more accessible. They show how economic news not only affects economic perceptions, but also interest in the economy, knowledge about the economy, and economic voting. Relying on statistical analyses, the book provides a comprehensive and systematic study of the effects of economic news.

Table of Contents


List of illustrations

Author biographies


Chapter 1: Introduction

Chapter 2: A baseline understanding of the economy

Chapter 3: How economic news informs the inattentive audience

Chapter 4: Sounding the alarm when it matters

Chapter 5: Making the economy relevant and interesting with human-interest framing

Chapter 6: Good news in bad news: how negativity enhances economic efficacy

Chapter 7: Learning from economic consequence framing

Chapter 8: Domesticated economic news and attribution of responsibility

Chapter 9: Economic news and government approval

Chapter 10: Mediated uncertainty and consumer expectations

Chapter 11: Getting the good message through: against all odds?


Methodological appendix

Appendix tables

About the Authors

Arjen van Dalen is Professor With Special Responsibilities at the Centre for Journalism at the University of Southern Denmark. He wrote his PhD dissertation on Political Journalism in Comparative Perspective. His research interests are in comparative communication research, in particular the relations between journalists and politicians, as well as economic news. He has published about these topics with Cambridge University Press and in journals such as Political Communication, the International Journal of Press/Politics, Journalism, and Public Opinion Quarterly.

Helle Svensson has a PhD degree in Journalism from the University of Southern Denmark. She wrote her PhD dissertation on the effects of economic news and the role of emotions. Her work is published in journals such as the European Journal of Communication and the International Journal of Communication. She currently works as senior analysis at LEGO.

Antonis Kalogeropoulos, PhD, is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, University of Oxford. He has a PhD in Journalism, and is co-author of the Reuters Institute Digital New Report 2017. His work is published in journals such as Journalism Studies, the International Journal of Public Opinion Research, and Mass Communication and Society.

Erik Albæk is Professor at the Centre for Journalism at the University of Southern Denmark. Professor Albæk has been visiting professor at MIT, Harvard University, Vilnius University (Lithuania), Potsdam University (Germany) and the University of Amsterdam. He has been chairman of the Danish Social Science Research Council and the Nordic Political Science Association. He has published articles in journals such as Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, Political Communication, Journal of Communication, and Party Politics.

Claes H. de Vreese is Professor and Chair of Political Communication at The Amsterdam School of Communications Research ASCoR, University of Amsterdam. He has published dozens of articles in international journals on political communication, journalism, media effects, and electoral behavior and European integration.

About the Series

Routledge Research in Journalism

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LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Communication Studies
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Media Studies