Special issue in Digital Journalism: Advancing the Audience Turn in Journalism
Special issue in Digital Journalism: Advancing the Audience Turn in Journalism features articles from professor II Irene Costera Meijer, and professors Hallvard Moe and Brita Ytre-Arne
The special issue of Digital Journalism calls for a radical audience turn in journalism studies and features articles discussing different approaches to, as well as challenges of and requirements for pursuing a radical audience turn.
As Swart, Kormelink, Costera Meijer and argue in their article “Advancing a Radical Audience Turn in Journalism”, there is a need for a more radical audience turn in journalism studies. The aim is to “open up the discussion about what counts as the societal roles and functions of journalism—if any—from an audience perspective”.
Moe and Ytre-Arne’s contribution to the special issue, “The Demographic Significance of Everyday News Use”, approaches the issue of demographic significance of news use, utilizing the concept of public connection. The article discusses challenges of audience centered journalism research, reviews methodological approaches, and proposes media diaries as a methodological approach to understanding how audiences engage with news.
Moe and Ytre-Arne argue that there is a need to “venture beyond mainstream news outputs” to understand “how audiences engage with news as mixed with, and relative to, other aspects of public connection”.