Context clues: News audiences and their higher valuation of contextualist journalistic roles
Paper accepted to the Journalism Studies division of the International Communication Association 2020 conference, Gold Coast..
Abstract: This study explores the news audiences’ perceptions of journalistic roles, in particular the contextualist role, through a U.S. nationally-representative survey. As members of the public lose trust and interest in the media, some outlets are turning to forms of reporting like constructive/solutions journalism to provide a greater context to news consumers. Our survey shows that the American public values such reporting, and even places its functions above many of the others traditionally assigned to journalism.