New journal article published in Journalism Studies

On January 7th Journalism Studies made an OnlineFirst publishing of “Modelling News Media Use: Positing and applying the medium-centric/generation-centric model to the analysis of media use in everyday life and crisis situations“. This article was co-authored with my JMG-colleague Marina Ghersetti, and I personally think our model is quite compelling. IF you do not have access to the journal, send me an e-mail and I will send you a T&F link for free copy. You can also choose to download the pre-print version

Journalism Studies   Article front page


Here is the abstract:

“The contemporary mediascape offers a plethora of news media and social media, which people
can turn to in everyday life and during a crisis. The characteristics of media vary, providing
different logics and affordances, and occupying different niches in time and space (mediumcentric
(MC) approach). Generations develop routinized media usage patterns in the formative
phases of their lives, which they often maintain in their daily habits in everyday life (generationcentric
(GC) approach). Crisis events in the vicinity, such as gas emissions, terrorist attacks,
pandemics and earthquakes, presumably ignite an augmented interest for information and news
on the events that may cause a destabilization of established media usage routines. This article
aims to conceptualize, describe and explain how four generations envision their media use during
such crises. The article posits the GC/MC-model, a 2 × 2 matrix encompassing a medium-centric
vis-á-vis a generation-centric approach, from which two hypotheses are derived. Statistical
analysis of nationally representative survey data provides evidence that all generations, and both
daily and less frequent users of different media, envision themselves turning to these during a
crisis. Their envisioned broadening of media use, predominantly involving commanding attention
to immediate news media reporting, results in a cross-generational homogenization of media use.”