Information, interest and ideology: an article by Pablo Boczkowski and Eugenia Mitchelstein in the International Journal of Communication

The paper, titled “Information, Interest, and Ideology: Explaining the Divergent Effects of Government-Media Relationships in Argentina”, examines the consequences of the confrontation between Cristina Fernandez’s government and the press on the news agenda and the preferences of the audience. Findings from a panel survey and content analysis of three news organizations usually labeled opposition media indicate that the agendas of the news outlets and their respective most viewed stories diverged substantively in their thematic preferences. Different opposition media and their audiences behaved in a heterogeneous fashion. Interviews with members of the audience underscore the role of ideology in mediating the impact of government–media relations.