Journal Article

Transnational News Consumption and Digital Content Mobility: Insights from Sweden

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Abstract

Over the latest decade, the availability of news media from various countries of the globe has increased dramatically as both media production and consumption have been steered towards digital and social platforms. This de-territorialized news ecology has been widely researched in terms of content and distribution, while its broader consequences for news audiences have been less studied. Focusing on the case of Sweden, this article analyses social variations in transnational news consumption including platform selections, motivations, and attitudes connected to this news use. Results show that transnational news consumption is more widespread among people with a background in other countries than Sweden, but all together, more than a quarter of the Swedish population and nearly half of the younger generation are weekly consumers of news from other countries. Hence, transnational news consumption is no longer restricted to a specific elite-segment of society, which has been a common argument in scholarly debates around the globalization of news. Another central finding is that transnational news consumption is rooted in a willingness to understand the outside world through alternative perspectives, rather than in a dissatisfaction with the quality or trustworthiness of the news produced by Swedish outlets.

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Details

  • Type:
    Journal Article (peer reviewed)
  • Journal:
    Journalism Studies.
  • Published:
    2018
  • Language:
    English

About the Author

Andreas Widholm

Andreas Widholm is Associate Professor of journalism in the Department of Media Studies (IMS) at Stockholm University, Sweden. His research addresses the relationship between media, politics and culture with a particular focus on journalism and so... Read more

Reference

Widholm, A. (2018). Transnational News Consumption and Digital Content Mobility: Insights from Sweden. Journalism Studies. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1080/1461670X.2018.1526642 [Accessed 15 Nov. 2018].