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Transparency to the Rescue?: Evaluating citizens’ views on transparency tools in journalism
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Geography, Media and Communication (from 2013).ORCID iD: 0000-0003-4286-7764
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Geography, Media and Communication (from 2013).ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0101-9152
2018 (English)In: Journalism Studies, ISSN 1461-670X, E-ISSN 1469-9699, no 13, p. 1923-1933Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Transparency has emerged as an ethical principle in contemporary journalism and is contended to improve accountability and credibility by journalists and scholars alike. However, to date, few attempts have been made to record the public’s views on transparency. This study enriches current knowledge by using data from an experiment, survey and focus groups in Sweden collected between 2013 and 2015. Overall, the results suggest that the respondents are not particularly moved by transparency in any form; it does not produce much effect in the experiments and is not brought up in the focus groups. While that is the key finding of this study, it should also be noted that various forms of user participation are evaluated negatively, while providing hyperlinks, explaining news selection and framing, and correcting errors are viewed positively. Implications for journalism practice and research are discussed.

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Routledge , 2018. no 13, p. 1923-1933
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credibility, experiment, focus groups, norms, survey, transparency
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Media and Communications
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Media and Communication Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-69053DOI: 10.1080/1461670X.2018.1492882ISI: 000443902400008Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85049809949OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-69053DiVA, id: diva2:1245594
Available from: 2018-09-05 Created: 2018-09-05 Last updated: 2018-09-20Bibliographically approved

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