A1 Journal article (refereed)
Studying incidental news : Antecedents, dynamics and implications (2020)

Kligler-Vilenchik, N., Hermida, A., Valenzuela, S., & Villi, M. (2020). Studying incidental news : Antecedents, dynamics and implications. Journalism, 21(8), 1025-1030. https://doi.org/10.1177/1464884920915372

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Publication details

All authors or editors: Kligler-Vilenchik, N.; Hermida, A.; Valenzuela, S.; Villi, M.

Journal or series: Journalism

ISSN: 1464-8849

eISSN: 1741-3001

Publication year: 2020

Volume: 21

Issue number: 8

Pages range: 1025-1030

Publisher: Sage Publications

Publication country: United Kingdom

Publication language: English

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/1464884920915372

Publication open access: Not open

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Publication is parallel published (JYX): https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/68813


In light of concerns about decreasing news use, a decline in interest in political news or even active avoidance or resistance of news in general, the idea of ‘incidental news’ has been seen as a possible remedy. Generally, ‘incidental news’ refers to the ways in which people encounter information about current events through media when they were not actively seeking the news. However, scholars studying incidental news through different theoretical and methodological perspectives have been arriving at differing evaluations of the significance and implications of this phenomenon – to the extent of downright contradictory findings. This introductory piece posits the aim of this special issue on Studying Incidental News: a conceptual clarification of incidental news exposure. In this issue, scholars coming from different approaches, ranging from cognitive processing, ecological models, emergent practices and a focus on platform affordances, show how different theoretical perspectives help account for various dimensions of incidental news consumption, and thus help explain the often conflicting findings that have been suggested so far.

Keywords: news; media; media use; media studies; media environment; network environment; social media; interest; young people

Free keywords: conceptual clarification; incidental exposure; incidental news; journalism studies; news use, social media

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Ministry reporting: Yes

Reporting Year: 2020

JUFO rating: 3

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