Journalism and Mass Communications
11 Feb 2017

UNDISCLOSED INFORMATION – SERIAL IS MY FAVORITE MURDER: EXAMINING MOTIVATIONS IN THE TRUE CRIME PODCAST AUDIENCE

This study explores the true crime podcast audience within the uses and gratifications theoretical frame. Using an online survey (n = 308), this study found that the true crime podcast audience is predominantly female (73%), and five motivations were prominent for users: entertainment, convenience, boredom, voyeurism, and relaxation. All significant motivating factors were found to be more salient for females than for males. Practical and theoretical implications for genre-specific media are discussed.

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