ARTICLE: Journalists and institutional trust perceptions

New article by Alice N. Tejkalová, of Charles University in Prague, Arnold S de Beer, of Stellenbosch University, Rosa Berganza, of Rey Juan Carlos University, Yusuf Kalyango Jr., of E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, Adriana Amado, of University of La Matanza, Liga Ozolina, of Turiba University, Filip Láb, of Charles University in Prague, Rawshon Akhter, of University of Chittagong, Sonia Virginia Moreira, of Rio de Janeiro State University, and Masduki, of Indonesian Islamic University focuses on the level of perceived trust that journalists in former authoritarian and totalitarian countries have in various social institutions.

The countries explored in this study are Argentina, Bangladesh, Brazil, Czech Republic, Indonesia, Latvia, South Africa and Tanzania. The study is based on data from the Worlds of Journalism Study. In the sampled countries, an authoritarian legacy persists in relationships between politics and the media market, showing that media pluralism is not entirely achieved, the authors write. Results reveal that journalists tend to trust their peers and the news media more than the political and regulative institutions.

The authors conclude that the post-authoritarian and post-totalitarian experience was an important factor for the level of journalists’ institutional trust.

The article “In Media We Trust: Journalists and institutional trust perceptions in post-authoritarian and post-totalitarian countries” was published online by Journalism Studies. It is available here

Picture: Trust by Drew, licence: CC BY 2.0

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