News use and political socialization among young Jordanians

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Abstract

This study examined the relationship between young Jordanians' (N = 321) news use and their feelings toward the Jordanian and US governments. Consumption of traditional news delivery formats (such as print newspapers, radio broadcasts and interpersonal sources) was measured, as was reliance on new media formats such as blogs, text messaging and podcasting. Political socialization measures were indices of political trust and appraisals of the US government. Results suggest that young Jordanians in the sample rely mostly on TV news, newspapers and interpersonal contacts for current events information, and that TV news use and reliance on interpersonal sources were associated with negative views of the US government.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)706-731
Number of pages26
JournalInternational Communication Gazette
Volume73
Issue number8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2011

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Keywords

  • Middle East
  • United States
  • media and political socialization
  • media audiences
  • news use among young people
  • political attitudes
  • television news

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication
  • Sociology and Political Science

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