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Bengtsson, S. (2023). The Relevance of Digital News: Themes, Scales and Temporalities. Digital Journalism, 1-19
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The Relevance of Digital News: Themes, Scales and Temporalities
2023 (English)In: Digital Journalism, ISSN 2167-0811, E-ISSN 2167-082X, p. 1-19Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

In news research, news relevance was for long synonymous with how journalists constructed it. But recently, scholars have questioned the assumption that journalists’ preferences correspond with their audiences’. Several studies have approached news relevance from the audience point of view, showing audiences’ news relevance is constructed as an everyday practice, through assessments of topics and brands, and at the backdrop of users’ earlier experiences. News relevance from the audience perspective however still remains undertheorized and builds on traditional understandings of news journalism. This article aims to contribute to this debate with (1) a matrix of four types of news relevance, constructed from an analysis of how young Swedish adults construct news relevance in the contemporary digital media landscape, (2) the identification of three dimensions that distinguish different kinds of news relevance from each other, and (3) a theoretical definition of news relevance from the audience’s perspective grounded in phenomenological theory and empirical analysis. This papers hence provides a deeper theoretical and empirical understanding of the ways news, understood as something broader than news journalism, is considered relevant by young audiences.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Routledge, 2023
Keywords
Audience, everyday life, journalism, news, phenomenology, relevance
National Category
Media and Communications
Research subject
Critical and Cultural Theory
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-50659 (URN)10.1080/21670811.2022.2150254 (DOI)000908122400001 ()2-s2.0-85145944482 (Scopus ID)
Funder
The Foundation for Baltic and East European Studies, 60/2018
Available from: 2023-01-17 Created: 2023-01-17 Last updated: 2023-01-27Bibliographically approved
Bengtsson, S., Jakobsson, P., Bolin, G., Johansson, S., Forsman, M. & Ståhlberg, P. (2022). Medielandskap och mediekultur: En introduktion till medie- och kommunikationsvetenskap (2ed.). Stockholm: Liber
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Medielandskap och mediekultur: En introduktion till medie- och kommunikationsvetenskap
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2022 (Swedish)Book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Liber, 2022. p. 264 Edition: 2
Keywords
medie- och kommunikationsvetenskap, medier, medium, kommunikation, samhälle, kultur, digitalisering, medialisering, mediestruktur, offentlighet, representation, vardagsliv, populärkultur, kulturella gemenskaper
National Category
Media Studies
Research subject
Other research area
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-50244 (URN)9789147143559 (ISBN)
Available from: 2022-11-16 Created: 2022-11-16 Last updated: 2022-11-21Bibliographically approved
Bengtsson, S. & Johansson, S. (2022). The Meanings of Social Media Use in Everyday Life: Filling Empty Slots, Everyday Transformations, and Mood Management. Social Media + Society, 8(4)
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The Meanings of Social Media Use in Everyday Life: Filling Empty Slots, Everyday Transformations, and Mood Management
2022 (English)In: Social Media + Society, E-ISSN 2056-3051, Vol. 8, no 4Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Since their emergence in the early 2000s, social media have continued to increase in popularity, particularly among adolescents and young adults. Even though they have been studied in relation to a wide range of topics, including their role in politics, social relationships, activism, identity construction, and youth cultures, the rise of social media is also connected to a number of less dramatic, yet pervasive, shifts relating to their integration into the mundane practices of day-to-day life. In this article, we explore the uses of social media as part of everyday life, a perspective that has gained less attention in research about social media. We take an interest in how young adults create meaning around their daily practices, involving many different social media platforms. Doing so, we draw on in-depth individual and small group interviews with 67 young adults, aged 18–26, conducted in Sweden during 2019–2021. We approach social media as a joint environment, consisting of a wide range of different platforms traversed by the user. The empirical analysis identifies three significant meanings of social media: filling empty slots, everyday transformations, and mood management. These three different meanings are shaped by different temporal, spatial, and technological characteristics and emphasize the importance of social media use in the lives of the young adults.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Sage Publications, 2022
Keywords
everyday life, media practice, mood management, ritual, social media
National Category
Media and Communications
Research subject
Critical and Cultural Theory
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-50237 (URN)10.1177/20563051221130292 (DOI)000927943700001 ()2-s2.0-85142893203 (Scopus ID)
Funder
The Foundation for Baltic and East European Studies, 60/2018
Available from: 2022-11-14 Created: 2022-11-14 Last updated: 2023-03-06Bibliographically approved
Bengtsson, S. (2022). The relevance of ‘news’: Types, themes, and temporalities. In: On conference web site: . Paper presented at 72nd Annual ICA Conference, Paris, May 26-30, 2022..
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The relevance of ‘news’: Types, themes, and temporalities
2022 (English)In: On conference web site, 2022Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
National Category
Media and Communications
Research subject
Critical and Cultural Theory
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-50211 (URN)
Conference
72nd Annual ICA Conference, Paris, May 26-30, 2022.
Available from: 2022-11-08 Created: 2022-11-08 Last updated: 2022-11-15Bibliographically approved
Bengtsson, S. & Johansson, S. (2021). A phenomenology of news: Understanding news in digital culture. Journalism - Theory, Practice & Criticism, 22(11), 2873-2889
Open this publication in new window or tab >>A phenomenology of news: Understanding news in digital culture
2021 (English)In: Journalism - Theory, Practice & Criticism, ISSN 1464-8849, E-ISSN 1741-3001, Vol. 22, no 11, p. 2873-2889Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Sage Publications, 2021
Keywords
news, phenomenology, digital news, social media, young adults, media practice, news habits, audience studies, news audiences
National Category
Media and Communications
Research subject
Critical and Cultural Theory
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-40081 (URN)10.1177/1464884919901194 (DOI)000509648500001 ()2-s2.0-85078460631 (Scopus ID)1002-3.1.1-2018 (Local ID)1002-3.1.1-2018 (Archive number)1002-3.1.1-2018 (OAI)
Funder
The Foundation for Baltic and East European Studies, 60/2018
Available from: 2020-02-03 Created: 2020-02-03 Last updated: 2022-02-08Bibliographically approved
Bakardjieva, M., Bengtsson, S., Bolin, G. & Engelbrekt, K. (2021). Digital Media and the Dynamics of Civil Society: Retooling Citizenship in New EU Democracies. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Digital Media and the Dynamics of Civil Society: Retooling Citizenship in New EU Democracies
2021 (English)Book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2021. p. 288
Keywords
Digital media, Civil society, Citizenship, Democracy, Bulgaria, Estonia
National Category
Media and Communications
Research subject
Baltic and East European studies; Critical and Cultural Theory
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-45592 (URN)9781786616395 (ISBN)9781786616401 (ISBN)
Available from: 2021-06-08 Created: 2021-06-08 Last updated: 2021-11-02Bibliographically approved
Bengtsson, S., Fast, K., Jansson, A. & Lindell, J. (2021). Media and basic desires: An approach to measuring the mediatization of daily human life. Communications: the European Journal of Communication Research, 46(2), 275-296
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Media and basic desires: An approach to measuring the mediatization of daily human life
2021 (English)In: Communications: the European Journal of Communication Research, ISSN 0341-2059, E-ISSN 1613-4087, Vol. 46, no 2, p. 275-296Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The extended reliance on media can be seen as one indicator of mediatization. But even though we can assume that the pervasive character of digital media essentially changes the way people experience everyday life, we cannot take these experiences for granted. There has recently been a formulation of three tasks for mediatization research; historicity, specificity and measurability, needed to empirically verify mediatization processes across time and space. In this article, we present a tool designed to handle these tasks, by measuring the extent to which people experience that media reach into the deeper layers of daily human life. The tool was tested in an empirical study conducted in Sweden in 2017. The results show that perceived media reliance is played out in relation to three types of basic desires: (1) (re)productive desires, (2) recognition desires, and (3) civic desires, and is socially structured and structuring. We argue this tool, in diachronic analyses, can measure one important aspect of mediatization.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Mouton de Gruyter, 2021
Keywords
mediatization, media reliance, daily life, basic desires, social stratification
National Category
Media and Communications
Research subject
Critical and Cultural Theory; Baltic and East European studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-40908 (URN)10.1515/commun-2019-0122 (DOI)000659208500006 ()2-s2.0-85091390216 (Scopus ID)
Funder
The Foundation for Baltic and East European Studies, 60/2018
Available from: 2020-06-09 Created: 2020-06-09 Last updated: 2022-01-20Bibliographically approved
Jansson, A., Bengtsson, S., Fast, K. & Lindell, J. (2021). Mediatization from Within: A Plea for Emic Approaches to Media-Related Social Change. Communication Theory, 31(4), 956-977
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Mediatization from Within: A Plea for Emic Approaches to Media-Related Social Change
2021 (English)In: Communication Theory, ISSN 1050-3293, E-ISSN 1468-2885, Vol. 31, no 4, p. 956-977Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Based on a literature review, this article shows that current mediatization scholarship is characterized by what Pike (1967) refers to as etic accounts. These accounts forward theoretical categories on media-related social change to conclude that our age is characterized by deepened and expanded media reliance. However, such theoretical extrapolation takes place not from, but at the expense of, people’s lived experiences, that is, emic accounts of mediatization in everyday life. This article is an attempt to insert the etic/emic distinction to mediatization research in order to develop more reflexive and composite accounts. Drawing on examples from a representative survey and qualitative interviews conducted over twenty years, the article problematizes eticoriented conceptions of mediatization. Emic analyses expose how perceptions of media reliance shift over time and thus underscore the need to develop research strategies that simultaneously consider the objective structures of the social (mediatized) world and subjective meaning-making structures.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Oxford University Press, 2021
Keywords
Mediatization, Emic/Etic Approach, Epistemology, Everyday Life, Media Dependence, Social Change
National Category
Media and Communications
Research subject
Critical and Cultural Theory
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-42263 (URN)10.1093/ct/qtaa021 (DOI)000728174900021 ()2-s2.0-85143135156 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2020-11-24 Created: 2020-11-24 Last updated: 2022-12-16Bibliographically approved
Bengtsson, S. (2020). Inledning. In: Nick Couldry och Lisa Sjösten (Ed.), Medier och deras roll i våra liv: (pp. 13-22). Lund: Studentlitteratur AB
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2020 (Swedish)In: Medier och deras roll i våra liv / [ed] Nick Couldry och Lisa Sjösten, Lund: Studentlitteratur AB, 2020, p. 13-22Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Lund: Studentlitteratur AB, 2020
National Category
Media and Communications
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-42268 (URN)9789144140889 (ISBN)
Available from: 2020-11-25 Created: 2020-11-25 Last updated: 2020-11-26Bibliographically approved
Bengtsson, S., Ericson, S. & Stiernstedt, F. (2020). Introduktion. In: Stina Bengtsson, Staffan Ericson, Fredrik Stiernstedt (Ed.), Medievetenskapens idétraditioner: (pp. 13-20). Lund: Studentlitteratur AB
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2020 (Swedish)In: Medievetenskapens idétraditioner / [ed] Stina Bengtsson, Staffan Ericson, Fredrik Stiernstedt, Lund: Studentlitteratur AB, 2020, p. 13-20Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Lund: Studentlitteratur AB, 2020
National Category
Media and Communications
Research subject
Critical and Cultural Theory
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-40914 (URN)9789144130712 (ISBN)
Available from: 2020-06-10 Created: 2020-06-10 Last updated: 2020-06-10Bibliographically approved
Projects
Virtual Everyday Life [2009-01848_VR]; Södertörn University; Publications
Bengtsson, S. (2016). The Right to the Citi(zen): Urban Spaces in Commercial Media Environments. Space and Culture, 19(4), 478-489Bengtsson, S. (2014). Faraway, so close!: Proximity and distance in ethnography online. Media Culture and Society, 36(6), 862-877Bengtsson, S. (2014). Faraway, So Close!: Proximity and distance in ethnography online. In: : . Paper presented at International Communication Association: Communication and the ‘Good Life’, Seattle, May 22-26, 2014..
Habitus and higher education: a research project on media, taste and cultural dissonance [A030-2011_OSS]; Södertörn University; Publications
Tudor, M. (2018). Desire Lines: Towards a Queer Digital Media Phenomenology. (Doctoral dissertation). Huddinge: Södertörns högskolaBengtsson, S. (2015). Digital distinctions: Mechanisms of difference in digital media use. MedieKultur: Journal of Media and Communication Research, 31(58), 30-48
Digital media morality [P13-0842:1_RJ]; Södertörn University; Publications
Bengtsson, S. (2018). Ethics and morality beyond the Actor-Network: Doing the right thing in an algorithmic culture. In: : . Paper presented at 68th Annual Conference of the International Communication Association, Prague, Czech Republic, May 24-28, 2018.. Bengtsson, S. (2018). Ethics Exists in Communication: Human‐machine ethics beyond the Actor‐Network. London: London School of Economics and Political ScienceBengtsson, S. & Johansson, B. (2018). Media Micro-Generations: How New Technologies Change Our Media Morality. Nordicom Review, 39(2), 95-110Bengtsson, S. (2018). Sensorial Organization as an Ethics of Space: Digital Media in Everyday Life. Media and Communication, 6(2), 39-45Johansson, B. & Bengtsson, S. (2016). On-Line Life in a Commercialised World: The Commodification of Mediated Social Relations (1ed.). In: Maria Edström, Andrew T. Kenyon & Eva-Maria Svensson (Ed.), Blurring the Lines: Market-Driven and Democracy-Driven Freedom of Expression (pp. 141-151). Göteborg: NordicomBengtsson, S. (2016). The presentation of self in a virtual world: Working in Second Life (1ed.). In: Juliet Webster and Keith Randle (Ed.), Virtual Workers and the Global Labour Market: (pp. 219-237). London: Palgrave MacmillanBengtsson, S. & Johansson, B. (2016). Vi vantrivs i det kommersiella (ett litet tag till). In: Oscar Westlund (Ed.), Människorna, medierna och marknaden: Medieutredningens forskningsantologi om en demokrati i förändring (pp. 189-208). Stockholm: Wolters KluwerBengtsson, S. & Johansson, B. (2015). Mediemoral i en digital värld (1ed.). In: Bergström, A, Johansson B, Oscarsson H, Oskarsson M (Ed.), Fragment: (pp. 551-559). Göteborg: SOM-institutet, Göteborgs universitet
New Media and the Dynamics of Civil Society in the New EU Democracies: A Paired Comparison [33/2014_OSS]; Södertörn University; Publications
Sõmersalu, L. (2022). Civic Cultures in Eastern Europe: Communication spaces and media practices of Estonian civil society organizations. (Licentiate dissertation). Huddinge: Södertörns högskolaBakardjieva, M., Bengtsson, S., Bolin, G. & Engelbrekt, K. (2021). Digital Media and the Dynamics of Civil Society: Retooling Citizenship in New EU Democracies. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
What is news? News perceptions and practices among young adults in times of transition [60/2018_OSS]; Södertörn University; Publications
Bengtsson, S. (2023). The Relevance of Digital News: Themes, Scales and Temporalities. Digital Journalism, 1-19Bengtsson, S. & Johansson, S. (2022). The Meanings of Social Media Use in Everyday Life: Filling Empty Slots, Everyday Transformations, and Mood Management. Social Media + Society, 8(4)Bengtsson, S. (2022). The relevance of ‘news’: Types, themes, and temporalities. In: On conference web site: . Paper presented at 72nd Annual ICA Conference, Paris, May 26-30, 2022.. Bengtsson, S. & Johansson, S. (2021). A phenomenology of news: Understanding news in digital culture. Journalism - Theory, Practice & Criticism, 22(11), 2873-2889Bengtsson, S., Fast, K., Jansson, A. & Lindell, J. (2021). Media and basic desires: An approach to measuring the mediatization of daily human life. Communications: the European Journal of Communication Research, 46(2), 275-296
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