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Public Trust and Journalistic Transparency: An experimental study of disclosure and participatory effects in online news
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Geography, Media and Communication.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0101-9152
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Geography, Media and Communication.
2014 (English)Conference paper, Abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Media matter. Most citizens’ in contemporary democracies get their information about current affairs and politics through the media. Political communication studies have for long time analysed the interplay between media content and journalistic style and political attitudes and public trust in political institutions. This paper adds to this discussion by addressing another dimension: the possible impact of journalistic transparency – offered in online-journalism – on political trust.

Methodologically, the study was based on a web-based experiment including 1,320 respondents. The treatment groups comprised the same version of an online news article with additional indicators for disclosure transparency and participatory transparency. The article covered a local political issue and politicians form both ruling and opposition political parties appeared in the text.

The results indicate that transparency effects on political trust may be overestimated. This experimental study did not confirm any significant positive correlation between transparency and the public trust towards local politicians appearing in the news.

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Keyword [en]
transparency, political trust, online-journalism, political journalism
National Category
Media and Communications
Research subject
Media and Communication Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-34611OAI: diva2:763760
ECREA 2014, 5th European Communication Conference, 12-15 nov Lissabon
Transparens och journalistiskt trovärdighet
Swedish Research Council
Available from: 2014-11-17 Created: 2014-11-17 Last updated: 2014-12-09Bibliographically approved

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