How news consumption in modern media landscapes relates to threats perceptions and fears in public spaces. A scoping review

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A high percentage of current news media covers topics relevant to the public such as wars, crime, and terrorist attacks, making threat perceptions and fears in public spaces (TPF-PS) more salient. Due to the unique challenges involved with current media landscapes, research examining how news consumption (NC) is related TPF-PS is still attracting scholarly interest. Therefore, we conducted a scoping review of N = 72 empirical studies since the advent of the smartphone era. The review detects cultivation theory as the main theoretical approach as well as a prevalence of quantitative methods and cross-sectional surveys. Furthermore, most empirical studies are carried out in North America and draw on non-probability sampling methods. Moreover, the review detects (region-based) research trends by breaking down N = 307 identified operationalizations into main classifications of TPF-PS and NC. Additionally, the review indicates a predominance of no associations between NC and TPF-PS. Implications for future research are discussed.

Seiten (von - bis)458-480
FachzeitschriftJournal of Risk Research
Frühes Online-Datum8 Juni 2024
PublikationsstatusVeröffentlicht - Juni 2024

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