Den obrydda generationen? - En kvalitativ intervjustudie om ungas nyhetsvanor under coronakrisen

Detta är en Kandidat-uppsats från Göteborgs universitet/Institutionen för journalistik, medier och kommunikation; Göteborgs universitet/Institutionen för journalistik, medier och kommunikation

Sammanfattning: During the Covid-19 pandemic in Sweden, the younger generation has been portrayed by themedia as an unconcerned group that doesn't follow the Covid-19 restrictions issued by thePublic Health Agency of Sweden and the Swedish government. In our study, we wanted tolook into if and how the pandemic has had an impact on the youths news habits and choice ofnews sources. We also asked ourselves the question if their degree of news consumption hashad an impact on the youths perception of the Covid-19 virus and the pandemic.The research questions we want to answer in our study are the following:1. Has the pandemic affected the youths news habits regarding:a. Their news consumption?b. Their choice of news sources?2. Has the youths degree of news consumption had an impact on their perceptionof the pandemic?The theoretical framework used in our study consists of the theory of uses and gratification, the theory of sensemaking, the theory of different media users during an ongoing crisis, the theory of news find me-perception and the theoretical idea of news seekers and news avoiders. To answer our research questions we used the method of qualitative interviews, where we interviewed 16 interviewees of the ages 16-25 years old. Our result shows that theyouths news habits and their choice of news sources has been affected by the pandemic. However, we found no convincing evidence of the youths' perception of the pandemic being affected by their degree of news consumption.This study makes no claim of generalization. The results are to be viewed as examples ofyoung people's opinions and thoughts on the subject, to give a deeper understanding of mediahabits during the pandemic.

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