Poor employment conditions and the polarized political discourse adversely affect the Venezuelan newspapers’ quality of information, write Luis M. Romero-Rodríguez, of Santiago de Cali University and University of Huelva, with Ignacio Aguaded of University of Huelva. The authors compiled a measurement indicator to gauge the quality of mediated information and applied it to Venezuelan media.
The authors used a Delphi procedure to assess their model, asking both industry and academic experts to review their model. The finalized instrument takes into account three categories of factors: social conditions, business environment, and the actual content. Each factor consists of five to ten subcategories, for example “training” (in the social category) or “geographical diversity” (in the content category).
The article “Toward a taxonomy of newspaper information quality” was published by the journal Journalism. It is available online (abstract free).
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