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When talking about polarization and misinformed publics, we often focus on the role of echo chambers and fake news. A new project argues this is the wrong focus. Instead, we should turn our eye on the alarming lack of quality news in our news diet. This poses a risk to democratic societies because less informed citizens are more susceptible to populist and manipulative messages. Join the presentation of this project and a discussion on how to increase our news exposure.

Event details of It is not the echo chamber, it is our news diet!
Date 5 June 2023
Time 17:00 -18:30
Location SPUI25

During this event communication researcher Magdalena Wojcieszak will present the results of the ERC funded project EXPO and discuss these with journalist/media professionals.

EXPO explored if exposing people to different political views could tackle polarization. What happens for example when a democrat reads Fox News? Or when somebody from the political right sees a news cast from a leftist organization? Does this make citizens more understanding of different viewpoints?

After analysing online behavioral data of over 7,000 individuals from 3 countries (the US, Poland, and the Netherlands) over a period of 9 months, Wojcieszak however found that most people hardly watch any news. It comprised only 3.4% of what those large samples did and saw online during all this time.

How can we encourage people to consume more quality news online for more resilient societies?

Dr. M.E. (Magdalena) Wojcieszak

Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences

CW : Political Communication & Journalism