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Title: All news is not the same: divergent effects of news platforms on civic and political participation
Authors: Kim, Nuri
Duffy, Andrew
Tandoc, Edson C.
Ling, Rich
Keywords: Social sciences::Communication
Issue Date: 2022
Source: Kim, N., Duffy, A., Tandoc, E. C. & Ling, R. (2022). All news is not the same: divergent effects of news platforms on civic and political participation. International Journal of Communication, 16, 1148-1168.
Project: MOE2015- T2-1-042 
Journal: International Journal of Communication 
Abstract: Online news platforms are often grouped together as “online news” or “social media,” yet each delivers news in a distinctive way. This article examines different online news platforms—including legacy news organization website and news apps, instant messaging services (WhatsApp), Facebook, and YouTube—and observes that each contributes differently to civic engagement and political participation. Based on a cross-sectional survey of Singaporeans (n = 2,501), our study finds that watching news stories on social media platforms such as Facebook or YouTube is strongly correlated with engagement in civic or political life via information seeking and expressive behaviors online. Viewing news on traditional news websites or news apps was still impactful, but slightly less so. Viewing news through instant messaging apps had no impact on civic and political engagement. We discuss the implications of consuming news via different online platforms through the lens of technological affordances.
ISSN: 1932-8036
Schools: Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information 
Rights: © 2022 (Nuri Kim, Andrew Duffy, Edson C. Tandoc, Jr., and Rich Ling). Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial No Derivatives (by-nc-nd). Available at
Fulltext Permission: open
Fulltext Availability: With Fulltext
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