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Reader opinion in the digital age: tabloid and broadsheet newspaper websites and the exercise of political voice

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posted on 12.12.2013, 14:20 by John Richardson, James StanyerJames Stanyer
This article explores interactive opportunities provided by British broadsheet and tabloid newspapers' websites and the ways their readers make use of these opportunities to express their opinions. The article presents the results of both a quantitative and a qualitative analysis of national British broadsheet and tabloid newspaper websites. The research reveals some similarities between newspapers-for example, that interactive opportunities remain under utilized-but also some significant differences in the ways that visitors to broadsheet and tabloid websites use the interactive facilities on offer and engage in discussion. The conclusion suggests that the deliberative democratic potential of online discussion is a long way from the deliberative ideal. © SAGE Publications 2011.

History

School

  • Social Sciences

Department

  • Communication, Media, Social and Policy Studies

Citation

RICHARDSON, J.E. and STANYER, J., 2011. Reader opinion in the digital age: tabloid and broadsheet newspaper websites and the exercise of political voice. Journalism, 12 (8), pp. 983 - 1003

Publisher

Sage / © The authors

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Publication date

2011

Notes

This article is closed access, it was published in the serial Journalism [Sage / © The authors]. The definitive version is available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1464884911415974

ISSN

1464-8849

eISSN

1741-3001

Language

en