Making Sense and Drawing Lines: Young adults and the mixing of news and entertainment

Stephanie Edgerly*

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This study takes a closer look at the blurring of news and entertainment by examining how a sample of media users talk about various sources of current events information. Data from 21 in-depth interviews with young adults indicate that young adults do not hold a single notion of news and its relationship to entertainment. Rather, they draw from a variety of cultural resources at their disposal to either oppose or welcome the mixing of news and entertainment. A typology is developed to describe four distinct outlooks interviewees hold toward the value of news and whether it should be distinguished from entertainment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1052-1069
Number of pages18
JournalJournalism Studies
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 3 2017


  • The Daily Show
  • audience
  • cable news
  • entertainment
  • hybrid media
  • journalism
  • news

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication


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