Kapitel i antologi

Changing Norms Concerning Verification: Towards a relative truth in online news?

Publication

Kapitelförfattare
Gunnar Nygren, Andreas Widholm

Förlag / Utgivare
Springer VS

Abstrakt

Over the past decade, journalism has undergone dramatic changes as a result of digitalization and multi-platform news production. Online, news is no longer a static product but a flow of liquid news packages under constant alteration. This chapter discusses how the digital news environment has influenced attitudes towards verification among journalists in Poland, Russia and Sweden. The analysis builds on a survey to 1500 journalists in these countries. Results show a strong support for verification in general, but the new liquid news environment has also created softer attitudes towards verification. Between 30–40 per cent of the journalists believe that the audience has lower demands on news published online. As many hold the view that verification of facts can be done during rather than before publication. The analysis also reveals important differences between organizational cultures and between countries. Broadcast journalists keep their old values of verification to a larger extent, and newspaper journalists seem to accept a higher amount of inaccuracy in online news. Journalists in Poland and Russia have softer attitudes towards verification than journalists in Sweden, reflecting a journalistic culture oriented towards opinions, in contrast to the Anglo-Saxon fact-oriented tradition that characterizes Swedish journalism.

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Detaljer

  • Typ:
    Kapitel i antologi (refereegranskat)
  • Antologi:
    Trust in Media and Journalism: Empirical Perspectives on Ethics, Norms, Impacts and Populism in Europe
  • Sidor:
    39-59
  • Publicerad:
    2018
  • Förlag / Utgivare:
  • Språk:
    Engelska
  • DOI:
  • Upplaga:
    1st

Om författarna

Andreas Widholm

Andreas Widholm is Associate Professor of journalism in the Department of Media Studies (IMS) at Stockholm University, Sweden. His research addresses the relationship between media, politics and culture with a particular focus on journalism and so... Läs vidare

Referens

Nygren, G. and Widholm, A. (2018). Changing Norms Concerning Verification: Towards a relative truth in online news? In: A. Köhler and K. Otto, eds., Trust in Media and Journalism: Empirical Perspectives on Ethics, Norms, Impacts and Populism in Europe, 1st ed. Wiesbaden: Springer VS, pp. 39-59.