Not all news sources are equally informative : a cross-national analysis of political knowledge in Europe
Title: Not all news sources are equally informative : a cross-national analysis of political knowledge in Europe
Citation: International journal of press / politics, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 3, pp. 275-294
ISSN: 1940-1612; 1940-1620
Across a sample of twenty-seven European nations, we examine variation in the level of factual political knowledge in relation to self-reported exposure to news programs aired by public or commercial channels, and to broadsheet or tabloid newspapers. Unlike previous studies, we estimate the effects of exposure to these news outlets while controlling for self-selection into the audience. Our results show that the positive effects of exposure to broadsheets and public broadcasting on knowledge remain robust. Finally, we show that only exposure to broadsheets (and not to public broadcasting) narrows the knowledge gap within nations; relatively apathetic individuals who read broadsheet newspapers are able to “catch up” with their more attentive counterparts.
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