News-seekers and avoiders: Exploring patterns of total news consumption across media and the relationship to civic participation

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Abstract

This study examines patterns of news consumption across multiple media platforms and relates them to civic participation. Analyzing a national sample of close to 25,000 respondents, nearly half the adult population in America is classified as news "Avoiders," and the other half as "News-seekers." Testing the relationship between civic participation and news consumption for each of 6 media platforms individually, and to an overall index combining those sources into 1 measure, the results show a positive relationship with civic par-ticipation, but the influence of Total News Consumption on civic participation is greater for Avoiders than for News-seekers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)551-568
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media
Volume54
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication

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