'It's Getting People More Engaged in Things': Responses to Solutions-Oriented News in the Context of COVID-19

17 Pages Posted: 17 May 2021

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Daniel Jackson

Bournemouth University

Xin Zhao

Bournemouth University

Antje Glück

Bournemouth University

Amy Smith

Bournemouth University

An Nguyen

Bournemouth University

Date Written: May 19, 2021

Abstract

This preprint presents preliminary findings from a major new study that examines UK audience perceptions of solutions-oriented journalism in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. Using a nationally representative survey (n=2015) and in-depth interviews (n=59), members of the UK public were asked about their evaluations of problems-focussed news and solutions-orientated news. Findings suggest that UK audiences are – on the whole – positive towards the concept of solutions-oriented news, identifying its potential to enhance their interest in the news, feel more positive about the potential for change, and empower them to take actions in their local community. We also reveal some of the demographic factors that are associated with support for solutions journalism.

Keywords: constructive journalism, solutions journalism, COVID-19

Suggested Citation

Jackson, Daniel and Zhao, Xin and Glück, Antje and Smith, Amy and Nguyen, An, 'It's Getting People More Engaged in Things': Responses to Solutions-Oriented News in the Context of COVID-19 (May 19, 2021). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3847951 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3847951

Daniel Jackson

Bournemouth University ( email )

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Xin Zhao

Bournemouth University ( email )

Fern Barrow
Poole BH12 5BB, Dorset BH8 8EB
United Kingdom

Antje Glück

Bournemouth University ( email )

Fern Barrow
Poole BH12 5BB, Dorset BH8 8EB
United Kingdom

Amy Smith

Bournemouth University ( email )

Fern Barrow
Poole BH12 5BB, Dorset BH8 8EB
United Kingdom

An Nguyen (Contact Author)

Bournemouth University ( email )

Fern Barrow
Poole BH12 5BB, Dorset BH8 8EB
United Kingdom

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