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Reading Patterns in Print and Online Newspapers

Journal article
Authors Torbjörn von Krogh
Ulrika Andersson
Published in Digital Journalism
Volume 4
Issue 8
Pages 1058-1072
ISSN 2167-0811
Publication year 2016
Published at Department of Journalism, Media and Communication (JMG)
Pages 1058-1072
Language en
Keywords audience analysis; content analysis; news consumption; online news; printed news; reading patterns
Subject categories Media Studies, Media and Communications


This article analyses whether reading patterns differ between readers of a printed newspaper and readers of an online newspaper. Such a question is hardly new but has increased in importance as more readers switch from printed to digital news media. The analysis compares data collected from a readership study focused on the printed local Swedish newspaper VLT (Vestmanland La¨ns Tidning) and data collected by automatic registration of the number of unique page views on the news site Both data collections were made during the same two-week period in September 2013. The results show some obvious differences as online readers focus on the first page of the online edition, while print readers focus on the editorial sections inside the newspaper. Print readers also display a more diverse reading repertoire, while online readers concentrate on a limited number of subjects. However, when the time factor is taken into consideration—the amount of time spent on each article—the reading patterns of print readers and online readers become closer to each other. The article discusses the importance of focusing not only on “clicks” but also on the time factor when selecting what kind of news to publish online.

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