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Charlotte Talks: News Fatigue And News Avoidance In 2019


Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019

The increasingly frenetic pace of the news and what some view as a torrent of bad news is causing people to burn out. Mike Collins and guests discuss how much can Americans take in coming year and what to do about “news fatigue.”

Things move so fast today, that it’s difficult to process what just happened before something else takes center stage. If you ask enough people what they think about the news, you’ll find some who are trying, perhaps for the first time, to tune it all out. 

A poll from the Pew Research Center in the summer of 2018 showed nearly seven in 10 Americans have news fatigue.

In some cases, that fatigue can lead to news avoidance. A study by the University of Oxford and Reuters found in 2017 that 38 percent of Americans actively sought to avoid the news

Mike Collins and experts discuss just what news fatigue and avoidance are, and what this could mean for Americans in the new year.


Michael Barthel, senior researcher at the Pew Research Center.

Stephanie Edgerly, associate professor in the Medil School of Journalism at Northwestern University.  

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Cole del Charco is a journalist, writer and radio producer from Hickory, North Carolina.