Research Projects

WHAT IS NEWS FOR A POLITICIAN?
PhD Project, part 2 2013-2015

This is the second stage of my PhD research, I focus on the news selection by politicians. From September 2013 to February 2014 I stayed at the University of Antwerp to work with my colleagues doing research in the same area on an ERC Advanced Grant. More on the INFOPOL project on their website.

In January and February 2014 I have interviewed staff of political parties in the Netherlands and Switzerland as a first step to gain a better understanding of how media potentiallly influence political behavior of individual actors. The focus is however on a survey containing fictional news reports conducted among MPs in the two same countries which is conducted mid 2014.

Up to date publications can be found in the Downloads section of this website.

NEWS DECISIONS BY POLITICAL JOURNALISTS COMPARED
PhD Project, part 1 2011-2013

For the first sub-project of my PhD research I took an experimental approach to study how political journalists in the Netherlands and Switzerland decide what news coming from political parties they publish. The method I used is the factorial survey approach which uses vignettes, in my case fictive press releases, to study which manipulated factors influence (hypothetical) decision-making with a mixture of a within and between design in a survey.

Up to date publications can be found in the Downloads section of this website.

IMPACT OF SOURCE AND SETTING ON CREDIBILITY OF ONLINE NEWS
with Tom Bakker and Damian Trilling from the University of Amsterdam

We studied how the news source that is cited in an article or online post affects the credibility of news. This was a classical 2x2x2 post-test-only between subjects design experiment embedded in a large-N survey in Austria.

The paper has been accepted for publication with the peer-reviewed journal Recherches en Communication. You can find a version of the paper in the Downloads section.

SOCIAL TELEVISION VIEWING 1990-2010
MA Thesis project 2011 (cum laude)

Making use of detailed people-meter data from the Netherlands, I studied how TV viewing with other people in the household has developed over the past 20 years. Many claim that society got more and more individualized, that with every member in a household having an own TV set, the social component of media consumption would diminish. Comparing broadly across genres my findings show that this is an oversimplification of the facts and that changes have not been as pronounced over the past 20 years.

You can download my thesis via the University of Amsterdam.

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