The Smells, Sights, and Pleasures of Ink on Paper: The Consumption of Print Newspapers During a Period Marked by Their Crisis

Pablo J. Boczkowski*, Eugenia Mitchelstein, Facundo Suenzo

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Abstract

Much has been written about the crisis of print newspapers, but with more attention paid to issues of production and distribution rather than reception. Furthermore, the scholarship on contemporary print newspaper reception has been limited by a focus on the information dimension and on countries in the Global North. To help overcome these limitations, in this paper we ask two questions that inquire into the reception of print newspapers in the contemporary media environment, and do so within a country from the Global South. Drawing upon an analysis of 158 semi-structured interviews conducted in the City of Buenos Aires and other parts of the country, we find that people continue reading print newspapers not solely, or even primarily, for the information contained in their pages, but for dynamics that tie together news content with materiality, routinization, and larger practices of incorporation of this media artifact into their daily lives. These dynamics are partly shaped by distinctive aspects of the Argentine context, including business strategies, family rituals, urban patterns, and a culture of nostalgia.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)565-581
Number of pages17
JournalJournalism Studies
Volume21
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 3 2020

Keywords

  • Print newspapers
  • audiences
  • journalism
  • materiality
  • news consumption
  • newspaper reading

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication

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