‘Checking’ and googling: Stages of news consumption among young adults

Dunja Antunovic, Patrick Parsons, Tanner R. Cooke

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In the changing news environment, young adult audiences, often dubbed ‘the Internet generation’, have increasingly gravitated toward online sources of news and information, raising questions about the nature and amount of news consumed. This study joins many others in looking at the emerging processes of news consumption among, in this case, college students, using focus group interviews to further examine how they go about obtaining news. Drawing upon literature in the areas of news consumption, media habits, generational change and news repertoire, this study identifies an emerging three-stage process of consumption that includes the following: routine surveillance, incidental consumption, and directed consumption, each conditioned by various forms of new media use. It suggests continued research in the interaction of a changing media ecology with generational adoption of news habits and the implications of this interaction for news and news engagement.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)632-648
Number of pages17
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 1 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • Life course
  • news consumption
  • online news
  • repertoire
  • young adults


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