Maintenance and Reformation of News Repertoires: A Latent Transition Analysis

Kim Andersen*, Johannes Johansson, Bengt Johansson, Adam Shehata

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Abstract

Today’s media environment provides people ample opportunities for constructing news habits fitting their preferences, but our knowledge about the dynamics of such news habits is limited. Using a four-wave panel survey from Sweden and taking a news repertoires approach, the study identifies four groups of news users labeled Public service-oriented traditionalists, Minimalists, Engaged pluralists, and Quality-oriented explorers, which are each related to news interest, trust in mainstream news media, and socio-demographic factors in distinct ways. The news repertoires are highly stable, even during profound contextual change, showing that people most often maintain their news habits and only seldom reform them.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournalism and Mass Communication Quarterly
Volume99
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)237-261
ISSN1077-6990
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2022

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Keywords

  • audience research
  • latent transition analysis
  • media habits
  • news repertoires
  • panel data
  • uses and gratifications

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