Avoiding the News: Vanishing Audiences for Journalism

Project: Research project

Project Details


Cross-country study of media habits and information use of people who use little to no news. Stage 1 of the project involved in-depth interviews with "news avoiders" in the United Kingdom (2016-2017) followed by stage 2 (2017-2018) in Spain using a similar design. Stage 3 has involved in-depth interviews with both news avoiders and a contrasting group of news "enthusiasts" in Iowa amidst the 2019 presidential campaigns. A fourth stage of the project will involve follow-up interviews with a subset of those individuals in Iowa in 2020 and a survey fielded on a nationally representative sample of U.S. residents to assess the representativeness of attitudes about news and relationships observed in the qualitative portion of the study.
Effective start/end date8/1/16 → …


  • University of Minnesota: $32,700.00

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This project contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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