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‘Wide-open window or concealing curtain?’ : public perceptions of Dutch news media

Verhoeven-Lobbezoo, E.S. (2016) ‘Wide-open window or concealing curtain?’ : public perceptions of Dutch news media.

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Abstract:This study examines how Dutch citizens evaluate the various credibility aspects of their national news media and to what extent individual antecedents (news media consumption, personal beliefs, news media discussion, and socio-demographics) are of influence in this evaluation. Besides, it investigates if Dutch citizens have a tendency to belief in conspiracy theories and to what extent individual antecedents of personal beliefs and socio-demographics play a role in this. Finally, the study inquires to what extent people recognize general news frames in a homogeneous way. An online survey was carried out in March and April 2016. A total of 415 adults completed the questionnaire. Dutch citizens are inclined to perceive the national broadcasters as professional experts with reasonable believable and trustworthy news reports, but they question the completeness and unbiasedness (with a clear separation of fact and opinion) of this reporting. Television news consumption, social trust, and political trust are significant predictors of news media credibility perception. Dutch citizens seem to be quite susceptible to conspiracy thinking. Social trust and political trust are significant predictors of this construct. The participants are far from unanimous in the recognizing of general news frames in the national reporting of an event.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Clients:
Unknown organization, Nederland
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:05 communication studies
Programme:Communication Studies MSc (60713)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/70946
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