When more media equals less news: Patterns of content homogenization in Argentina's leading print and online newspapers

Pablo J. Boczkowski*, Martin De Santos

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

This article examines content homogeneity, understood as the degree to which different media focus on the same stories during a particular news cycle, in Argentina's leading print and online newspapers. It focuses on the role of technical practices across media and over time - during a decade for print and during 24 hours for online. The analysis shows three main patterns of homogenization: (a) an increase in the level of homogeneity in print newspapers tied to their online counterparts' practice of publishing breaking and developing stories during the day, (b) an increase in the level of homogeneity in online newspapers as the day unfolds, and (c) a densely interconnected web of homogeneity across print and online newspapers in 2005. We draw from these findings to make contributions to research on online news and media sociology and to reflect upon the direction and meaning of changes in journalistic form in the current media environment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)167-180
Number of pages14
JournalPolitical Communication
Volume24
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 2007

Keywords

  • Argentina
  • Media sociology
  • News diversity
  • News homogeneity
  • Online journalism
  • Online news
  • Online newspapers
  • Print newspapers
  • Technology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication
  • Sociology and Political Science

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