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RPA lecture with Kjerstin Thorson

September 18, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

ASCoR and IViR– Research Priority Area Personalised Communication and digicomlab of the University of Amsterdam


Who attracts news? Algorithms, platforms, and unequal exposure to news and politics on social media           

Professor Kjerstin Thorson

(Michigan State University)


Wednesday, 18 September, 16.00-17.00 hours, in REC C.10.20 (followed by drinks)

Nieuwe Achtergracht 166,1018 WV Amsterdam


We cordially invite you to this lecture in the RPA Personalised Communication Lecture Series, which is being given by Professor Kjerstin Thorson (Michigan State University)

Kjerstin Thorson is an Associate Professor in the College of Communication Arts & Sciences at Michigan State University. Her research investigates how people use digital and social media to learn about and participate in politics, especially among youth and young adults. Her most recent projects draw on a variety of novel research methods to show how social media platforms are re-shaping the visibility of news and politics in everyday life.



News exposure on social media is less ubiquitous than often assumed, and some social media users attract much more news into their feeds than others. Exposure to news on social media is the result of a series of intertwined choices made by individual users, news organizations, peers, algorithms, and other elements of the design of platforms. In this presentation, I show how these intertwined choices result in systematic inequalities in rates of news exposure and highlight the power of platforms and algorithms in this process.

 If you plan to come, please register by sending an e-mail to K.H.Hair@uva.nl

 On behalf of the Research Priority Area Personalised Communication and digicomlab teams,

Best regards,


Prof. dr. Claes de Vreese, prof dr. Natali Helberger and Dr. Judith Möller

University of Amsterdam


September 18, 2019
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm


Amsterdam School of Communication Research


University of Amsterdam (REC C10.20)
Nieuwe Achtergracht 166
Amsterdam, 1018 WV Netherlands
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