How News Type Matters: Indirect Effects of Media Use on Political Participation Through Knowledge and Efficacy

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Today, citizens have the possibility to use many different types of news media and participate politically in various ways. This study examines how use of different news types (hard and soft TV news as well as printed and online versions of broadsheet and tabloid newspapers) indirectly affects changes in offline and online political participation through current affairs knowledge and internal efficacy during nonelection and election time. We use a four-wave national panel survey from Denmark (N = 2,649) and show that use of hard TV news and broadsheets as well as online tabloids positively affects changes in both offline and online political participation through current affairs knowledge and internal efficacy. Use of soft TV news and printed tabloids has a negative indirect effect. These results are more pronounced for online political participation and during election time. However, use of soft TV news also has a positive direct effect on changes in political participation, which suggests a positive impact via other processes.

OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftJournal of Media Psychology
Vol/bind28
Udgave nummer3
Sider (fra-til)111-122
ISSN1864-1105
DOI
StatusUdgivet - jul. 2016

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