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Public Broadcasting, Inadvertent News Exposure and Political Learning: An Empirical Test Using Panel Data
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Media and Communication Science. (DEMICOM)
University of Southern Denmark. (DEMICOM)
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Media and Communication Science. (DEMICOM)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2734-5821
2013 (English)Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The present study puts the role for political learning of public service broadcasting to a thorough empirical test.Previous research has found that public service-oriented media systems promote a better-informed citizenry andnarrow knowledge gaps between citizens. This research was based on cross-sectional aggregate measures of mediacontent and/or survey data, however. To investigate how public service television influences political learning amongless interested and motivated citizens, we use a unique four-wave panel survey. These data enable a close analysis ofknowledge gains as a consequence of media exposure throughout an election campaign (N=4,010). We find thatcitizens with a weak relative political interest – i.e. who prefer entertainment over politics – learn substantially aboutpolitics and current affairs from watching public service television channels. The implications of our findings for thefunctioning of democratic systems and the role played by the media are discussed.

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2013.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-19415Local ID: DEMICOMOAI: oai:DiVA.org:miun-19415DiVA, id: diva2:631814
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International Communication Association 63rd Conference, London
Available from: 2013-06-23 Created: 2013-06-23 Last updated: 2013-08-08Bibliographically approved

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