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Changing Norms Concerning Verification
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Media Studies, JMK.
2018 (English)In: Trust in Media and Journalism: Empirical Perspectives on Ethics, Norms, Impacts and Populism in Europe / [ed] Kim Otto, Andreas Köhler, Wiesbaden: Springer, 2018, p. 39-59Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

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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Wiesbaden: Springer, 2018. p. 39-59
Keyword [en]
Verification, truth, online journalism, Sweden, Poland, Russia
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Media Studies
Research subject
Journalism
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-152928ISBN: 978-3-658-20764-9 (print)ISBN: 978-3-658-20765-6 (electronic)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-152928DiVA, id: diva2:1182157
Available from: 2018-02-12 Created: 2018-02-12 Last updated: 2018-02-23Bibliographically approved

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