The Impact of News Use and News Content Characteristics on Political Knowledge and Participation

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  • Yung-I Liu
  • Fei Shen
  • William P. Eveland
  • Ivan Dylko

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)713-737
Journal / PublicationMass Communication and Society
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2013


Research has examined the relationship between traditional news media use and normatively important political outcomes such as knowledge and participation. However, most research fails to account for variations in the nature of news over time and across communities that could alter the fundamental relationship between exposure and these outcomes. Here two studies are presented-one with variation in news characteristics over time based on the American National Election Studies time series data and another with variation across local communities and newspapers within a single state during a single election year-to assess the hypothesis that the relationship between news use and political outcomes are moderated by natural variations in the nature of the news content and news outlets. © 2013 Copyright Mass Communication & Society Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.