We are what we click: Understanding time and content-based habits of online news readers

Makhortykh, Mykola; de Vreese, Claes; Helberger, Natali; Harambam, Jaron; Bountouridis, Dimitrios (2020). We are what we click: Understanding time and content-based habits of online news readers. New media & society, p. 146144482093322. Sage 10.1177/1461444820933221

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The article contributes both conceptually and methodologically to the study of online news consumption by introducing new approaches to measuring user information behaviour and proposing a typology of users based on their click behaviour. Using as a case study two online outlets of large national newspapers, it employs computational approaches to detect patterns in time- and content-based user interactions with news content based on clickstream data. The analysis of interactions detects several distinct timelines of news consumption and scrutinises how users switch between news topics during reading sessions. Using clustering analysis, the article then identifies several types of news readers (e.g. samplers, gourmets) and examines their news diets. The results point out the limited variation in topical composition of the news diets between different types of readers and the tendency of these diets to align with the news supply patterns (i.e. the average distribution of topics covered by the outlet).

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

03 Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences > Social Sciences > Institute of Mass Communication Studies

UniBE Contributor:

Makhortykh, Mykola

Subjects:

000 Computer science, knowledge & systems > 070 News media, journalism & publishing
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology

ISSN:

1461-7315

Publisher:

Sage

Language:

English

Submitter:

Mykola Makhortykh

Date Deposited:

14 Jul 2020 15:02

Last Modified:

29 Jul 2020 20:36

Publisher DOI:

10.1177/1461444820933221

Uncontrolled Keywords:

digital news, media repertoires, clickstream, legacy media, news diets, information behaviour

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.145109

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/145109

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