The Impact of Trust on Online News Consumption and Participation

Richard Fletcher, Sora PARK

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

Abstract

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
Pages1281-1299
Number of pages19
Publication statusPublished - 2016
EventInternational Communication Association (ICA) Annual Conference -
Duration: 1 Jan 2011 → …

Conference

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

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