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.
|Number of pages||19|
|Publication status||Published - 2016|
|Event||International Communication Association (ICA) Annual Conference - |
Duration: 1 Jan 2011 → …
|Conference||International Communication Association (ICA) Annual Conference|
|Period||1/01/11 → …|