News avoidance and its effect on the informed citizen in a democratic society
How the public navigates through the widespread news landscape, and why they choose whether or not to consume something, is important to understand the changing role of news media when informing citizens. The purpose of this PhD research is to gain concrete insights into new avoiders, their motivations and how they are informed.
This PhD research is currently ongoing. During the research at least four papers willen be submitted to peer-review, ISI ranked journals. Results will also be published in trade magazines and on the blog of the research group journalismlab.nl. The results will also be used for educational material.
01 February 2020 - 01 February 2024
The research on news avoidance consists of four studies:
- What is news avoidance?
Literature study and Delphi-method
- Who are news avoiders and what are their motivations?
Focus groups and survey among news avoiders and news consumers
- How are news avoiders informed?
Experience sampling method among citizens during Dutch municipal elections March, 2022
- How do news media relate to news avoidance?
In-depth interviews with various news organizations