Cross-medial news usage in the Dutch-language region: A comparative study of news repertoires in the Netherlands and Flanders

Kristin Van Damme, Joelle Swart

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    Abstract

    This study explores how news users in Flanders and the Netherlands navigate the increasing supply of news in the digitalised media landscape, specifically considering how they combine various news media into distinct news media repertoires. Employing interviews combined with a card-sorting exercise (N=72), five Dutch and seven Flemish news repertoires are observed, each reflecting a different way that news is of value in people’s everyday life. Moreover, combining data from both countries, the study discovers seven news repertoires transcending national borders. However, all but one of these configurations are heavily dominated by either Flemish or Dutch news users. Thus, we conclude that despite comparable media systems and a common language, both countries patterns of news usage still show considerable variation.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)484-503
    Number of pages20
    JournalParticipations
    Volume14
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - Nov-2017

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