News definitions and motivations: youth and adults in Portugal and in Estonia

Maria José Brites, Ragne Kõuts-Klemm

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How do young people and adults define news? What motivates them to consume news? These questions guide this research based on interviews with Portuguese and Estonian young and adults. The motivations for news consumption can be related to normative pressures to fulfil particular social roles and personal needs related to one’s life-world. The diversity of the definitions of news seems to be broader in Portugal, whereas in Estonia, news definitions are based on professional concepts of news and regarded as synonymous with educational content. The results indicate stronger age differences in news definitions in Portugal than Estonia. However, considering the massive changes in Europe over the past decades, including varied integration processes and the advent of the Internet, we contend that digital media are continually producing more similarities in news consumption by audiences in different countries. This influence can be relevant to understand the media options in other European countries. 


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News Motivations, News Definitions; Young People; Adults; Daily Life

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