Digital News Users … and how to Find them

Theoretical and methodological innovations in news use studies

Authored by: Ike Picone

The Routledge Handbook of Developments in Digital Journalism Studies

Print publication date:  August  2018
Online publication date:  September  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138283053
eBook ISBN: 9781315270449
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When we look at media use practices today, we cannot but witness how these are increasingly scattered across media, or, more precisely, across different kinds of media contents, different devices and platforms, and different socio-spatial contexts (Picone, 2016; Picone et al., 2015). The same is true for news use practices. News users are not limited to the newspaper or cable channel they are subscribed to but can access a virtually unlimited range of news sources. They do so through an ever-expanding array of connected devices. After smartphones’ steep rise to prominence as a gateway to news and VR headsets’ highly anticipated potential for innovative storytelling, smart speakers such as the Amazon Echo or Google Home seem the next in line to contend for people’s attention.

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