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How do people consume news and consider its value? News consumption habits of people living in rural areas in Germany

Albrecht, Leonie (2020) How do people consume news and consider its value? News consumption habits of people living in rural areas in Germany.

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Abstract:Literature review: It has been found by other studies, that people living in Germany would prefer the internet and TV as media for their news consumption, but do not pay attention to the news’ sources. They are trust the news, if they appear legit to them. Methodology: The final sample consisted of 11 participants, living in a rural area in Germany. The interviews were transcribed and coded using the three stages of coding as described by Boeije (2009). Results: The results indicate that the participants payed almost no attention to the news sources or the facts in news stories. They were of the opinion that their preferred media would check the published information and would not include fake news. Discussion: It could be seen that awareness for this issue should be raised and especially young people should be educated about the dangers of fake news. Conclusion: With regard to the research question, it can be said that people in rural areas consume their news without thinking about the sources or the facts of news stories. Furthermore, they are not engaged enough with the news, so they cannot relate the factualness of news to the perceived credibility of sources at all.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:05 communication studies
Programme:Communication Studies BSc (56615)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/80366
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