You ain´t seen nothing yet.: Transparency’s (lack of) Effect on Source and Message Credibility
2014 (English)In: Journalism Studies, ISSN 1461-670X, E-ISSN 1469-9699, Vol. 15, no 5, 668-678 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Transparency has been proposed to both change the way journalism is being produced and increase its credibility. However, little research has been conducted to assess the connection between transparency and credibility. This study utilizes an experimental setting (N=1320) to measure what impact transparency have on source and message credibility from the user perspective. The results reveals an almost absence of any transparency effect on both source and message credibility although some small significant effects could be observed primarily regarding internal hyperlinks, comments and contextual information. Although further research is desperately needed in this area the study suggest that transparency does not affect the credibility of journalism in the eyes of the contemporary audience and thus have limited appeal as a new norm in journalism.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Taylor & Francis, 2014. Vol. 15, no 5, 668-678 p.
Transparency, online journalism, experimental study, credibility
Media and Communications
Research subject Media and Communication Studies
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-31599DOI: 10.1080/1461670X.2014.886837ISI: 000341762100017OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-31599DiVA: diva2:699706
ProjectsTransparens och journalistisk trovärdighet
FunderSwedish Research Council, 4396