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What's newsworthy about 'information seeking'? An analysis of Google's News Alerts
University of Borås, Swedish School of Library and Information Science. (Digital resources and services)
University of Borås, Swedish School of Library and Information Science. (Digital resources and services)
2013 (English)In: Information research, ISSN 1368-1613, E-ISSN 1368-1613, Vol. 17, no 1Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The question guiding this research was to investigate to what extent has the concept of information seeking entered the journalistic discourse in the Internet news media. A database of 194 news items, was collected through a Google Alert service over a two year period. Content analysis, genre analysis and newsworthiness analysis were performed on the news items, as well as quantitative analysis of the types and geographical origins. More than 50% of items are found on newspaper, newsletters, magazines, and news sites. The countries providing the bulk of news related to information seeking are the USA and India. The most popular topics are health information seeking and government information seeking, followed by seeking through mobile technology and Freedom of Information issues. News reports and news features are dominating as compared to opinion genres. The impact and significance as well as timeliness and unexpectedness make the information seeking newsworthy. Conclusion: The concept of 'information seeking' has entered the public consciousness, as a result, mainly, of the impact of information seeking through mobile devices. Thirty percent of the news was based on research documents, part of which was research in the field of information seeking behaviour.

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University of Sheffield/Department of Information Studies , 2013. Vol. 17, no 1
Keywords [en]
information seeking, news media, media studies, information behaviour, information behaviour
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Library and Information Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-1558ISI: 000327450800004Local ID: 2320/12277OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hb-1558DiVA, id: diva2:869616
Available from: 2015-11-13 Created: 2015-11-13 Last updated: 2017-12-01Bibliographically approved

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