From Information Poverty to Information Deficit: An Intersectional Analysis of Women of Color’s News Information-Seeking Habits in the Digital Age

Chelsea Peterson-Salahuddin


Scholars have used information poverty theory for decades to understand when and why marginalized individuals feel disconnected from news and information. However, by focusing on how individuals create information-poor environments, these studies shift attention away from the role of institutions in sustaining informational deficits. This article engages intersectionality as a systemic analysis of power to understand the structural, societal-level dimension of women of color’s news information-seeking habits in the digital age. Through eight focus groups with N = 45 women of color, this study elucidates the dynamic role of intersecting forms of systemic marginalization in informing women of color’s information-seeking habits. This study contributes to our understanding of the role of media institutions in creating and sustaining informational inequities.



information seeking, news, information poverty, intersectionality, focus group methods

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