Could cutting costs mean changing minds? Effects of local television news work routines on viewer attention, information-processing, and perceptions of story importance

Keren Henderson, T. Makana Chock

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Abstract

Market-driven changes to local television news content can come with consequences to viewers in terms of understanding, remembering and subsequently deliberating about news information. This study focuses on the effects of television news packages on viewers with the understanding that ‘high-effort’ storytelling is not supported uniformly across stations. Using an experiment, this study compares the effects of high- and low-effort storytelling on viewers’ memories for story facts, reported emotional states and perceptions of the importance of stories to determine whether cost-cutting measures will have important consequences for the half of US adults who report relying regularly on local television news for their civic information and for the multi-platform audiences whose preferred content originates from traditional television news work routines.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournalism
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2021

Keywords

  • Broadcast journalism
  • experiment
  • information processing
  • local television news
  • news routines
  • storytelling

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)

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