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Illuminating the needs to study journalists’ perspectives and attitudes on the credibility of news on social networking (SNSs) sites

Journal: Journal of Media Studies (Vol.31, No. 2)

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Page : 154-175

Keywords : Credibility; Social Media; Interactive media;

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The role of journalists and journalism has progressed into a more digitalized journalism. Social Networking Sites (SNSs) allow people to take part in online activities and remove the barrier for online users to publish and share information at any place at any time.This article intends to show that credibility of social media is a key factor that enhance public engagement and communication effectiveness in the digital/social media, and the factors that could affect the credibility of news from SNSs. Based on the literature review, this article reviews journalists' awareness of SNSs; an understanding of what constitute ‘news credibility' is pursued; and finally, this article compares SNSs news credibility to traditional media; and journalists' dependence on SNSs for news content. The review suggested various factors affect the credibility of news from the new media, which is linked to journalism work. These include: the interactive media, technology acceptance, quality of news' source, and the exposure of the media. The review of the literature suggests the dire research needs to focus on journalists' perspectives and attitudes towards the new media to ensure credibility of news and journalism is continuously sustained and improved.

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