Effects of Editorial Media Bias Perception and Media Trust on the Use of Traditional, Citizen, and Social Media News

Alberto Ardèvol-Abreu, Homero Gil De Zúñiga

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Abstract

Citizens' levels of mistrust toward the media, as well as their perception of media bias, have increased in past years in most Western democracies. This study explores how these negative observations on journalism may influence their use of traditional, citizen, and social media for news. Drawing on two-wave U.S. panel data, results suggest that media trust and perceived bias relate to media consumption differently. Trust in social and citizen media positively predicts use of news via social media, but has no effect on traditional or citizen news use. By contrast, perceived media bias is associated with decreased news use overall.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)703-724
Number of pages22
JournalJournalism and Mass Communication Quarterly
Volume94
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2017

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Communication

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