A4 – Personalized News Portals: Filtering Systems and Increased News Exposure

DOI: 10.1177/1077699013514411

Citation: Beam, M. A. & Kosicki, G. M. (2014).  Personalized news portals: Filtering systems and increased news exposure. Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly, 91(1), 59-77.

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This study investigates the impact of personalized news web portals on selective exposure. Results from analyses of secondary survey data from national random samples of U.S. adults show a positive relationship between personalized news and increased exposure to offline news. Users of personalized news report viewing more sources and categories of news online compared with non-users. Partisan users of personalized news do not report increased partisan news exposure. No difference in preferences for perspective-sharing or challenging news sources is found between personalized news users and non-users. The implications for future research on personalized information systems and selective exposure are discussed.