The Impact of Trust on Online News Consumption and Participation

Richard Fletcher, Sora PARK

    Research output: Contribution to conference (non-published works)Paperpeer-review


    Trust in news is an important factor that influences an individual’s access to, consumption of, and interaction with news. The increased volume of information that is available online has led online news consumers to change their relationship with the news. Using Reuters Institute Digital News Report data from 11 countries (N=21,486), this study aimed to explore how the levels of trust in news affect consumers’ news participation behaviour, including sharing and commenting, and the differences between those who prefer mainstream and non-mainstream new sources. The results show that those with low levels of trust tend to seek non-mainstream news and participate more after consuming news. Socio-demographic variables other than age did not have a consistent impact. Seeking alternative sources of news and trying to validate the credibility of news were identified as motivations for new approaches to news consumption and participation.

    Original languageEnglish
    Number of pages19
    Publication statusPublished - 2016
    EventInternational Communication Association (ICA) Annual Conference -
    Duration: 1 Jan 2011 → …


    ConferenceInternational Communication Association (ICA) Annual Conference
    Abbreviated titleICA
    Period1/01/11 → …


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