News on new devices: Is multi-platform news consumption a reality?

Hsiang Iris Chyi, Monica Chadha

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Abstract

News organizations worldwide now deliver content through multiple electronic devices such as computers, smartphones, e-readers, and tablets. While multi-platform news delivery is widely prevalent, is multi-platform news “consumption” a reality? This study examines the extent to which people own, use, and enjoy these electronic devices. Results of a national survey of US Internet users suggested that despite the excitement about newer, more portable devices, not all devices are equally “newsful.” Most people use only one electronic device for news purposes on a weekly basis. We identified the predictors of device ownership and multi-platform news consumption and discussed the implications for multi-platform news publishing.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)431-449
Number of pages19
JournalJournalism Practice
Volume6
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Electronic devices
  • Mobile devices
  • Multi-platform news consumption
  • Newsfulness
  • Online news
  • Smartphones

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