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Mixed methods communication research: Combining qualitative and quantitative approaches in the study of online journalism

Thurman, N. (2018). Mixed methods communication research: Combining qualitative and quantitative approaches in the study of online journalism. SAGE Research Methods Cases, doi: 10.4135/9781526428431

Abstract

The purpose of this case is to introduce and evaluate the methods used during seven years of research into the form, production, and consumption of online news at national and local websites in the UK, the US, and Finland. The general methodological approach was inductive and exploratory, with the work based mainly on semi-structured research interviews with journalists and editors and on content analysis. Quantitative internet audience measurement, and observation and document analysis in the field were also used, although less frequently. Most of the work took a broad survey approach, although two in-depth case studies were also conducted. Forty per cent of the work included longitudinal data collection in order that the analyses could integrate evidence from across historical periods. As well as providing examples of how content analysis and interviewing can be operationalised, and quantitiative internet audience data can be used, this case demonstrates the value of mixed methods and longitudinal analysis in media research.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: © 2017 SAGE Publications. The final version of this article is available in SAGE Research Methods Cases http://dx.doi.org/10.4135/9781526428431.
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General)
Departments: School of Arts & Social Sciences > Journalism
URI: http://openaccess.city.ac.uk/id/eprint/16652
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