The credibility effect of opinion labels on online news

The study “The effects of transparency cues on news source credibility online: An investigation of ‘opinion labels.’” by Andrew Otis from Chronicle of Higher Education Inc. looked at how being labeled “opinion” affects the readers’ perception of news source credibility.  Trust is obviously important for news media in democracies. ‘Source credibility’ can be furthered by … Continued


Maintaining journalistic identity with major mistakes

The study “The “major mea culpa:” Journalistic Discursive Techniques When Professional Norms are Broken” by Erica Salkin and Kevin Grieves from Whitworth University looked at how media organizations talk about their significant errors – errors that cannot be brushed aside simply by posting a correction. Journalism lacks a formal certification process like the one in … Continued


Selective exposure and selective avoidance of algorithm-written news stories

New study “ Source Credibility Matters: Does Automated Journalism Inspire Selective Exposure?” by Chenyan Jia and Thomas J. Johnson from University of Texas in Austin investigated an emerging field of journalism: automated journalism.  Specifically, how selective exposure and selective avoidance of news stories was practiced comparing stories that were declared to have been written by … Continued