Accessing and Consuming News

Accessing and Consuming News: How Young People Find News in a Networked Society

This comparative research will investigate digital transformation in the access to and use of news in student communities in three countries.  It will do so by assessing the role of mobile technologies and personal networks in news consumption patterns. It is concerned to establish whether the growing reliance on mobile technology and social networking sites as platforms for news content, results in a significant tendency for users to narrow engagement to events recommended to them by peer networks, or whether mobile access leads to broader engagement.  Recent studies have shown a bias towards entertainment-related information, rather than social or political content, circulated via Facebook. More fine-grained research is needed to find out not only how young people access news, but also what information they consider to be ‘news’ and the extent to which broader socio-political circumstances influence news consumption habits.

 (Phillips et al. ‘Case for Support’)



Read the final report for this Study:

Phillips, A., ‘Accessing and Consuming News: How Young People Find News in a Networked Society.’ Working Papers of the Communities & Culture Network+ Vol.4 (Oct 2014).


Key Participants

Angela Phillips (Goldsmiths, University of London): Angela Phillips is a member of the Goldsmiths Leverhulme Media Research Centre. She focuses on journalism research and in particular on ethics of media. She gave evidence to the Leveson Inquiry and is the co-author of Changing Journalism, Routledge and a forthcoming book: Journalism in Context, Routeldge.

Dr. Mira Feuerstein (Oranim college, Haifa, Israel): Dr Feuerstein completed her doctorate at the University of Liverpool. Since then she has conducted a number of research studies about students’ college critical thinking, teaching-learning critical media literacy and media coverage of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in conjunction with the European Peace Education project .To date, she has published various textbooks and articles on teaching the media for kindergarten and school teachers as well as for students in academic colleges. She recently completed a research project on the news consumption of older school students.

Eiri Elvestad (Vestfold University College, Norway): Dr Elvestad  has collaborated on previous research on news disaffection in Europe using pooled data from four waves of the European Social Survey, covering 33 European countries demonstrating how national context or the media environment moderates the influence of individual level factors in news consumption.