Can Trust In Traditional News Media Explain Cross-National Differences In News Exposure Of Young People Online?

Elvestad, Eiri; Phillips, Angela and Feuerstein, Mira. 2017. Can Trust In Traditional News Media Explain Cross-National Differences In News Exposure Of Young People Online? Digital Journalism, 6(2), pp. 216-235. ISSN 2167-0811 [Article]

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Using data from a cross-national survey (N = 940) and from in-depth interviews with 37 studentsin Israel, Norway and the United Kingdom, we discuss how in different political and 10 news media environments young people’s trust in traditional media can explain their news exposure online. This study shows there are some similarities, but also major cross-national differences, between young people in how they trust, are exposed to and find different news sources usable for information about their society. Students from all these countries have higher trust in traditional news media than in social media. However, young people in Norway 15 living in high-trust environments tend to be exposed to a wider variety of news sources than the UK and Israeli students. They also tend to be more skeptical about social media as a useful source of information. Furthermore, this study suggests that in a national context of conflict and low trust in media, such as Israel, distrust in traditional news media can explain foreign news exposure online. However, the effect of trust in national media is not significant in the 20 Norwegian and the UK sample, which highlights the importance of discussing online news exposure in different national political and media environments.

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comparative; mixed method; online news exposure; trust in media; young adults

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Media, Communications and Cultural Studies
Media, Communications and Cultural Studies > Goldsmiths Leverhulme Media Research Centre


16 June 2017Published Online

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30 Jun 2017 13:49

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29 Apr 2020 16:28

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