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Journal Articles The International Journal of Press/Politics Year : 2021

Navigating High-choice European Political Information Environments: A Comparative Analysis of News User Profiles and Political Knowledge

David Nicolas Hopmann
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Jesper Strömbäck
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Frank Esser
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Peter van Aelst
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Claes de Vreese
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Toril Aalberg
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Ana S Cardenal
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Nicoleta Corbu
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David Nicolas Hopmann
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Karolina Koc-Michalska
Jörg Matthes
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Christian Schemer
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Tamir Sheafer
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Sergio Splendore
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James Stanyer
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Agnieszka Ste˛pin´ska
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Václav Štětka
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Yannis Theocharis
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Abstract

The transition from low-to high-choice media environments has had far-reaching implications for citizens' media use and its relationship with political knowledge. However, there is still a lack of comparative research on how citizens combine the usage of different media and how that is related to political knowledge. To fill this void, we use a unique cross-national survey about the online and offline media use habits of more than 28,000 individuals in 17 European countries. Our aim is to (i) profile different types of news consumers and (ii) understand how each user profile is linked to political knowledge acquisition. Our results show that five user profilesnews minimalists, social media news users, traditionalists, online news seekers, and hyper news consumerscan be identified, although the prevalence of these profiles varies across countries. Findings further show that both traditional and online-based news diets are correlated with higher political knowledge. However, online-based news use is more widespread in Southern Europe, where it is associated with lower levels of political knowledge than in Northern Europe. By focusing on news audiences, this study provides a comprehensive and fine-grained analysis of how contemporary European political information environments perform and contribute to an informed citizenry.
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hal-03225733 , version 1 (12-05-2021)

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Laia Castro, David Nicolas Hopmann, Jesper Strömbäck, Frank Esser, Peter van Aelst, et al.. Navigating High-choice European Political Information Environments: A Comparative Analysis of News User Profiles and Political Knowledge. The International Journal of Press/Politics, 2021, pp.194016122110125. ⟨10.1177/19401612211012572⟩. ⟨hal-03225733⟩

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