Local news and audiences’ wellbeing: the roles of motivation, satisfaction, and trust

Sora Park, Jee Young Lee, Sonia Curll, Caroline Fisher, Kerry McCallum, Paul Tyrrell, Lisa Levesque, Alex Mihalovich

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Abstract

Local news plays an important role in generating a sense of community attachment. However, the relationship between local news and wellbeing is less explored. Based on a national survey of 6,367 Australians, this study found that trust in and satisfaction with local news were linked with higher personal and community wellbeing. News-related factors (motivation, satisfaction, trust) were more strongly related to community wellbeing than to personal wellbeing. Accessing local news for community-related reasons was the strongest predictor of wellbeing. Guided by uses and gratifications theory, this study provides new insights into the role of local news in peoples’ lives, and emphasises the need to protect local news from further decline.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-16
Number of pages16
JournalCommunication Research and Practice
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Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - Dec 2023

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