Are You Paying Attention? Keeping Up with News in Daily Life

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A still understudied area in media research is how people pay attention to news in daily life. To do so, the chapter develops a theoretical framework grounded in news audience research and practice theory. This framework conceptualizes practices as different ways in which attention is directed and sustained. To study such attention practices, 16 semi-structured interviews with adult Danes are carried out. Through a thematic analysis of these interviews, the chapter explores how ways of attending relate to individual media and how patterns of daily life enable some practices and constrain others. In the concluding discussion, the chapter relates the findings to further perspectives on attention to news specifically and media content more generally. Accordingly, this chapter contributes to cross-media news research by analyzing ways in which people attend to news and how these ways of attending vary across media.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNews Across Media : Production, Distribution and Consumption
EditorsJakob Linaa Jensen, Mette Mortensen, Jacob Ørmen
Number of pages18
Place of PublicationNew York
Publication date2016
ISBN (Print) 9781138911734
ISBN (Electronic)9781315692456
Publication statusPublished - 2016
SeriesRoutledge research in journalism

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