Knowledge acquisition gaps: A comparison of print versus online news sources (양정애)
JungAe Yang and Maria Elizabeth Grabe (2011). Knowledge acquisition gaps: A comparison of print versus online news sources. New Media & Society
This experimental study tested the knowledge gap hypothesis at the intersection of audience education levels and news formats (newspaper versus online). The findings reveal a gap in public affairs knowledge acquisition between South Korean citizens (N = 123) from different educational backgrounds. Moreover, the high education group comprehended news with the same level of efficiency across online and newspaper formats while low education participants gained more knowledge from reading a newspaper than using an online news source. Taken together, this study’s findings confirm the knowledge gap hypothesis through experimental research and offer evidence of its potential contribution to the digital divide.