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Audience Use of New Media Applications on npr.org

Title: Audience Use of New Media Applications on npr.org: An Exploratory Study.
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Name(s): Johnson, Kristine, author
McClung, Steven, professor co-directing dissertation
Proffitt, Jennifer, professor co-directing dissertation
Turner, Jeanine, university representative
Rayburn, Jay, committee member
School of Communication, degree granting department
Florida State University, degree granting institution
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2011
Publisher: Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: This dissertation is an exploratory examination of audience member use of new media technologies found on the NPR Web site, NPR.org. Data was gathered through the use of an online survey that was answered by individuals who belong to online fan groups of programs aired on NPR member stations. A total of 514 users of NPR.org and 100 non-users of NPR.org provided survey responses. The findings from this study suggest individuals use NPR.org to take control of their media experience, to be entertained, for social interaction, and to gather information. Information gathering involves both accessing information on NPR.org as well as obtaining information from others. The NPR Web site was identified as a destination where people can access supplemental or complementary knowledge that was acquired elsewhere, including from NPR radio broadcasts. People prefer to use ―traditional‖ Web site technologies on NPR.org. These include written articles, streaming audio and video, podcasting, and links to local stations. Those who visit the NPR Web site to control their media experience and those who use the site to gather information perceive new media technologies on NPR.org as important. NPR.org visitors who are interested in taking control of their media experience prefer to use applications that are both useful and easy to use. The same viewpoint was found among those who visit the site for entertainment purposes. The research suggests listeners who have not visited NPR.org tend to be unaware of what the Web site has to offer, yet there is an indication these individuals have some knowledge of the social capabilities associated with NRR.org. The industry implications addressed in this study include a suggestion for the inclusion of full-length written articles on radio Web sites and to introduce visitors to new media that is both easy to understand and useful. It was also found that audience use of mobile phones for listening to radio content may be compromised due to data limitations implemented by mobile phone providers. Finally, the research indicates a need to update the variables used for uses and gratifications studies concerning new media technologies.
Identifier: FSU_migr_etd-3489 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Dissertation submitted to the School of Communication in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy.
Degree Awarded: Spring Semester, 2011.
Date of Defense: November 12, 2010.
Keywords: convergence, radio, npr digital audio, public media, online audio, national public radio, online radio, web radio, mass media
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory Committee: Steven McClung, Professor Co-Directing Dissertation; Jennifer Proffitt, Professor Co-Directing Dissertation; Jeanine Turner, University Representative; Jay Rayburn, Committee Member.
Subject(s): Communication
Library science
Information science
Persistent Link to This Record: http://purl.flvc.org/fsu/fd/FSU_migr_etd-3489
Owner Institution: FSU

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Johnson, K. (2011). Audience Use of New Media Applications on npr.org: An Exploratory Study. Retrieved from http://purl.flvc.org/fsu/fd/FSU_migr_etd-3489