Online news creation and consumption Implications for modern democracies

David Tewksbury, Jason Rittenberg

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This chapter examines how citizens acquire political information using the internet. For some time, researchers have been looking at the form of news online and how news audiences find (or at least encounter), consume, and retain political content there. The available literature suggests that major news outlets rarely create content exclusively for the online audience. In fact, news online is often similar to what one finds in print newspapers. Internet audiences are increasingly likely to seek news online, but there is little evidence thus far that this has resulted in replacement of print newspapers and television news. Online audiences tend to limit their reading to topics of special interest to them, though not to the extent that some observers expected. There is some evidence that learning from the news is different online than off. The reviewed research on learning from online news suggests that the national news audiences may become fragmented if they rely on the internet for their news consumption. This finding has implications for understanding the distribution of political knowledge and issue agendas within nations today and in the future.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationRoutledge Handbook of Internet Politics
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9781134087549
ISBN (Print)9780203962541
StatePublished - Jan 1 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)


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