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‘News use’- Informative or Entertaining?: An empirical study of collage students’ motives for using news
Örebro University, School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences, Örebro University, Sweden.
2012 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (university diploma), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Collage students’ news consumption has been a very popular research topic in media in pastfew years. But students’ involvement in news dissemination remained unnoticed andunexplored, especially in relation to democratic engagement. This study provides an overviewin this respect along with news consumption. The research reports the outcome of a surveyconducted among 124 Swedish college students, aged between 18 and 24, in spring 2012. Thestudy investigates college students’ news consumption and news dissemination of in terms ofmotives. The analysis suggests that motivations behind collage students’ news consumptionare independent of channels/media. Consumption motives appear to be similar betweentraditional and contemporary news media. Furthermore, news consumption and newsdissemination seem to be driven by completely different motives.

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2012. , 43 p.
Keyword [en]
News use, news consumption, news dissemination, motives, youth, college students, uses and gratifications theory, democratic engagement
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-23336ISRN: ORU-HUS/MKV-GK-2012/0058-SEOAI: diva2:532142
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Medie- och kommunikationsvetenskap
2012-05-31, F115, Örebro universitet, Institutionen för humaniora, utbildnings- och samhällsvetenskap, 701 82, Örebro, 16:00 (English)
Humanities, Theology
Available from: 2012-07-13 Created: 2012-06-09 Last updated: 2012-07-13Bibliographically approved

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