Effect of source attribution on perception of online news stories

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Abstract

Are quoted sources in online news as psychologically meaningful us those in printed and broadcast news? A within-subjects experiment was designed to answer this question. On a web site, forty-eight subjects read three online news stories with quotes and three stories without source attribution. They rated stories with quotes significantly higher in credibility and quality than identical stories without quotes. However, quotes did not seem to affect their ratings of liking for - and representativeness (newsworthiness) of - online news.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)55-68
Number of pages14
JournalJournalism and Mass Communication Quaterly
Volume75
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1998

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