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Public trust in the news: A constructivist study of the social life of the news

By Stephen Coleman, Scott Anthony and David E. Morrison

Abstract

The issue of trust in our institutions has never been higher in the public agenda. In this path-breaking study, the question of how far the news media are trusted has been posed in a unique way—to ordinary people in focus groups. Their response is that they find the news often incomprehensible and demeaning of their experience. The study carries large implications for journalists and proposes ways in which this deficit of understanding and acceptance of journalism by much of its audience may be addressed

Topics: Journalism (political science), Media and Public Policy, News media,journalism,publishing, News consumption, audiences, focus groups, news media, political trust, trust in media, news scepticism
Year: 2009
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