Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://doi.org/10.21256/zhaw-25626
Publication type: Article in scientific journal
Type of review: Peer review (publication)
Title: “It’s a matter of age” : four dimensions of youths’ news consumption
Authors: Klopfenstein Frei, Nadine
Wyss, Valery
Gnach, Aleksandra
Weber, Wibke
et. al: No
DOI: 10.1177/14648849221123385
10.21256/zhaw-25626
Published in: Journalism
Issue Date: 8-Sep-2022
Publisher / Ed. Institution: Sage
ISSN: 1464-8849
1741-3001
Language: English
Subjects: Digitaler Journalismus; Nachrichtenkosumverhalten; Jugendliche
Subject (DDC): 070: News media, journalism and publishing
305: Groups (age, origine, gender, income)
Abstract: News media in Switzerland are confronted with the challenge of not reaching young people, as youth-specific news platforms and formats are not used by the target group. Our study aims to determine how and where young people can be reached with news. It uses a mixed methods approach to analyze the expectations of young people towards news content and formats and to determine their news consumption patterns. The results show that young people’s news consumption is characterized by four dimensions: 1. duration and times of consumption, 2. news consumption habits and behavior, 3. restrictions, 4. media literacy. The significance of these dimensions varies between three age groups determined through the study. The news consumption of the 12-to-14 year-olds is strongly restricted by parents and school. This group consumes news mainly through media available at home. In the group of 15- to-17 year-olds, parental influence and restrictions decrease, while peer influence increases. This age group spends a lot of time on social media platforms where young people stumble upon news rather accidentally. Between 18 and 20 years of age, news consumption stabilizes, and individual patterns emerge. This age group accesses news via selected apps and social media channels. Young people in Switzerland prefer visual formats like pictures, videos, and memes. When scrolling through social media platforms, they come across news content which arouses their interest in certain information and leads them to search for it on media websites. Swiss Youth wants to be informed about relevant news or topics that are “in vogue”.
URI: https://digitalcollection.zhaw.ch/handle/11475/25626
Fulltext version: Published version
License (according to publishing contract): CC BY-NC 4.0: Attribution - Non commercial 4.0 International
Departement: Applied Linguistics
Organisational Unit: Institute of Applied Media Studies (IAM)
Published as part of the ZHAW project: Schweizer Digital Natives mit Nachrichten erreichen. Eine qualitative Studie
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