International Journal on Digital Libraries

, Volume 17, Issue 3, pp 257–271 | Cite as

What’s news? Encounters with news in everyday life: a study of behaviours and attitudes

  • Sally Jo Cunningham
  • David M. Nichols
  • Annika Hinze
  • Judy Bowen


As the news landscape changes, for many users the nature of news itself is changing as well. Insights into the changing news behaviour of users can inform the design of access tools and news archives. We analysed a set of 35 autoethnographies of news encounters, created by students in New Zealand. These comprise rich descriptions of the news sources, modalities, topics of interest, and news ‘routines’ by which the students keep in touch with friends and maintain awareness of personal, local, national, and international events. We explore the implications of these insights into news behaviour for digital news systems.


News behaviour Qualitative research Digital news resources News encounter Personal digital library 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Computer ScienceUniversity of WaikatoHamiltonNew Zealand

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