Accessing the Audience Community: How Newspapers Connect with Audience Communities in Finland, Japan, and Korea

Mikko Olavi Villi, Joo-Young Jung

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The article contributes to the research on media management by approaching the audience as consisting of communities, instead of considering it a mass audience. By developing audience commu- nity as a concept in media management and audience research and investigating mainstream newspapers’ perceptions and prac- tices of audience community relations, the study aims to provide a future outlook for the changing community nature of audiences. Newspaper organizations are starting to perceive the audience as a more concrete network of people, and journalistic processes can increasingly consist of generating platforms and practices for communication and communal activities with and among the audience. In the article, these processes are studied empirically by means of a qualitative study carried out in Finnish, Japanese, and Korean newspapers. Interestingly, the findings indicate that audi- ence communities do not, after all, play an important role in the daily practices of the newspapers. The engagement with audience communities in social media is only occasional, intermittent, and by no means systematic. By contrast, interaction with offline com- munities seems to be more familiar and considered more valuable than connecting with audience communities in social media.
TidskriftInternational journal on media management
Sidor (från-till)259-276
StatusPublicerad - 2015
MoE-publikationstypA1 Tidskriftsartikel-refererad


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