Shaping Online News Performance

Political News in Six Western Democracies

  • Edda¬†Humprecht

Part of the Challenges to Democracy in the 21st Century book series (CDC)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Introduction: News Performance in the Online Age

  3. News Performance: Concepts, Context and Measurement

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 9-9
    2. Edda Humprecht
      Pages 47-65
    3. Edda Humprecht
      Pages 66-96
  4. How News Performance Differs

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 97-97
    2. Edda Humprecht
      Pages 99-162
    3. Edda Humprecht
      Pages 163-171
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 172-194

About this book


The author offers a comprehensive portrait of online news performance in Western countries in changing media environments. Drawing on a content analysis of 48 news outlets from different types of media organization in France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Switzerland, and USA, Edda Humprecht investigates the complex interplay of systemic and organizational dynamics and their impact on online news content, showing that the performance of online news media strongly varies among different media outlets. Less profit oriented outlets and those with a focus on information generally perform well offering hard news, diversity, critical distance, or analytical depth. This suggests that the divide between high and low-performing outlets is tied to the news outlet's capacity and willingness to strike a balance between their profit orientation and their normative role as information providers. Furthermore, the findings demonstrate that different dimensions of news performance are more pronounced in certain countries. This book provides new theoretical perspectives and methods for political and media scholars, and insights for journalists, policymakers, and concerned citizens.


Media systems news performance online news media organizations France Germany Great Britain Italy Switzerland USA

Authors and affiliations

  • Edda¬†Humprecht
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Mass Communication and Media ResearchUniversity of ZurichSwitzerland

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 2016
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages History History (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-1-349-84979-6
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-56668-3
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