News Content, Media Consumption and Current Affairs Knowledge
Curran, James P.; Coen, Sharon; Aalberg, Toril and Ivengar, Shanto. 2013. News Content, Media Consumption and Current Affairs Knowledge. In: James P. Curran and Toril Aalberg, eds. How Media Inform Democracy: A Comparative Approach. New York: Routledge, pp. 81-97. ISBN 978-0415740425 [Book Section]No full text available
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In this timely book, leading researchers consider how media inform democracy in six countries – the United States, the United Kingdom, Belgium, the Netherlands, Norway, and Sweden. Taking as their starting point the idea that citizens need to be briefed adequately with a full and intelligent coverage of public affairs so that they can make responsible, informed choices rather than act out of ignorance and misinformation, contributors use a comparative approach to examine the way in which the shifting media landscape is affecting and informing the democratic process across the globe. In particular, they ask:
This study combines a content analysis of press and television news with representative surveys in six nations. It makes an indispensable contribution to debates about media and democracy, and about changes in media systems. It is especially useful for media theory, comparative media, and political communication courses.