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Community Service: Editor pride and user preference on local newspaper websites

Singer, J. (2011). Community Service: Editor pride and user preference on local newspaper websites. Journalism Practice, 5(6), pp. 623-642. doi: 10.1080/17512786.2011.601938


Armed with readily accessible online traffic logs that provide detailed information about the items users are selecting to view, editors are voicing concern about the potential effect on their own content decisions. Through a survey of local British newspaper editors, this article examines the overlap between user preferences, as suggested by assessments of website traffic, and content that editors identify as their best. Results are considered in the context of two related subsets of agenda-setting theory, as well as the sociological process of “making news.” The study finds overlap between broad categories of stories preferred by editors and users, but a considerable disconnect over the nature of the items within those categories.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published in Journalism Practice on 30/08/11, available online:
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General)
Departments: School of Communication & Creativity > Journalism
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