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More Mobile, More Flexible. Students’ Device Ownership and Cross-Media News Consumption, and Their Pedagogical Implications

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Authors Erik Eliasson
Maarit Jaakkola
Published in Becoming a journalist: Journalism education in the Nordic countries - (eds.) Jan Fredrik Hovden, Gunnar Nygren & Henrika Zilliacus-Tikkanen
Pages 157-172
ISBN 978-91-87957-34-5
Publisher University of Gothenburg
Place of publication Göteborg
Publication year 2016
Published at Department of Journalism, Media and Communication (JMG)
Pages 157-172
Language en
Keywords Journalistik utbildning, medieanvändning, läsvanor, cross-media, Finland
Subject categories Media Studies


This chapter examines how journalism education institutions could adapt their teaching by building upon students’ media habits. We will take a look at how students’ habits regarding the use of news media on different platforms can form a starting point for developing cross-media pedagogy. Based on the results of an online survey examining journalism students’ cross-media uses of news media in two Nordic countries, Sweden (N=162) and Finland (N=167), which are compared using national media use averages, we first outline the special characteristics of journalism students’ media reception. We discovered that journalism students are more active consumers of news on different platforms compared to the average use among those their age. Students are also far more active online prosumers compared to the Swedish average in their age group. Furthermore, the results of the survey point to the fact that journalism students have a wide set of technological equipment at their disposal, which journalism education can build upon.

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