Leaning Conservative: Innovation and Presidential Campaign Coverage by U.S. Newspaper Websites in the Digital Age

Singer, J. (2015). Leaning Conservative: Innovation and Presidential Campaign Coverage by U.S. Newspaper Websites in the Digital Age. ISOJ, 5(1),

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Abstract

Across the four presidential election years of the Internet age, massive changes occurred in campaign coverage. Or did they? This article reports on a unique longitudinal study: a series of four national surveys of online newspaper editors – in 2000, 2004, 2008, and 2012 – that provide insights into evolving capabilities and their impact on journalists’ own perceived social role. The results indicate widespread adoption of technological innovations, including those enabling citizens to shape the nature of their political engagement. Yet what matters most to online editors has been their own expanding capability to provide traditional kinds of information in new ways.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Divisions: School of Arts > Department of Journalism
URI: http://openaccess.city.ac.uk/id/eprint/6775

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