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Title: Navigating High-choice European Political Information Environments: A Comparative Analysis of News User Profiles and Political Knowledge
Author: Castro, Laia
Stromback, Jesper
Esser, Frank
Van Aelst, Peter
de Vreese, Claes
Aalberg, Toril
Cardenal Izquierdo, Ana Sofía
Corbu, Nicoleta
Hopmann, David Nicolas
Koc-Michalska, Karolina
Matthes, Jorg
Schemer, Christian
Sheafer, Tamir
Splendore, Sergio
Stanyer, James
Stepinska, Agnieszka
Stetka, Vaclav
Theocharis, Yannis
Others: Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC)
University of Gothenburg
University of Zurich
University of Antwerp
University of Amsterdam
Norwegian University of Science and Technology
National University of Political Studies and Public Administration
University of Southern Denmark
University of Vienna
Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Adam Mickiewicz University
Loughborough University
Technical University of Munich
Università degli Studi di Milano
University of Silesia
Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz
Audencia Business School
Keywords: news media use
political knowledge
news repertoires
comparative research
Issue Date: 11-May-2021
Publisher: International Journal of Press/Politics
Citation: Castro, L., Strömbäck, J., Esser, F., Van Aelst, P., de Vreese, C., Aalberg, T., Cardenal, A. S., Corbu, N., Hopmann, D. N., Koc-Michalska, K., Matthes, J., Schemer, C., Sheafer, T., Splendore, S., Stanyer, J., St¿pi¿ska, A., ¿t¿tka, V., & Theocharis, Y. (2021). Navigating High-choice European Political Information Environments: A Comparative Analysis of News User Profiles and Political Knowledge. The International Journal of Press/Politics.
Abstract: The transition from low- to high-choice media environments has had far-reaching implications for citizens' media use and its relationship with political knowledge. However, there is still a lack of comparative research on how citizens combine the usage of different media and how that is related to political knowledge. To fill this void, we use a unique cross-national survey about the online and offline media use habits of more than 28,000 individuals in 17 European countries. Our aim is to (i) profile different types of news consumers and (ii) understand how each user profile is linked to political knowledge acquisition. Our results show that five user profiles - news minimalists, social media news users, traditionalists, online news seekers, and hyper news consumers - can be identified, although the prevalence of these profiles varies across countries. Findings further show that both traditional and online-based news diets are correlated with higher political knowledge. However, online-based news use is more widespread in Southern Europe, where it is associated with lower levels of political knowledge than in Northern Europe. By focusing on news audiences, this study provides a comprehensive and fine-grained analysis of how contemporary European political information environments perform and contribute to an informed citizenry.
Language: English
ISSN: 1940-1612MIAR
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