Research on audience uses of news media points to the presence of two basic types of audience news gathering processes: information browsing - choosing a range of news topics when using the media - and information selecting - limiting news consumption to a few specific topics. This study examines antecedents and normatively important consequences of these behavior patterns. The study shows that news browsing is associated with relative emphasis on a medium for news. Newspaper browsing predicts the variety of topics about which people feel they are informed, their social self-efficacy, and their internal political efficacy.
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