Submission Title

Assessing News Source Credibility: Digital Natives vs Traditional News Natives

Location

Jereld R. Nicholson Library: Grand Avenue

Subject Area

Journalism and Media Studies

Description

This study examines how individuals evaluate the credibility of news sources, whether ‘Digital Natives’ are better at this evaluation than ‘Traditional News Natives’, and a person’s perception of their credibility evaluation. For the survey, traditional news natives are those born before 1996 and digital natives are those born after 1996. Data from the pilot survey prepares us for national data collection.

Our research raises three important questions about how individuals evaluate the credibility of a news article. First, how do individuals evaluate the credibility of news sources in the first place? Second, are younger voters, those that are “Digital Natives”, better at evaluating the credibility of news sources than “Traditional News Natives”? Third, how does an individual’s perception of their credibility evaluation stack-up against their actual accuracy?

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Assessing News Source Credibility: Digital Natives vs Traditional News Natives

Jereld R. Nicholson Library: Grand Avenue

This study examines how individuals evaluate the credibility of news sources, whether ‘Digital Natives’ are better at this evaluation than ‘Traditional News Natives’, and a person’s perception of their credibility evaluation. For the survey, traditional news natives are those born before 1996 and digital natives are those born after 1996. Data from the pilot survey prepares us for national data collection.

Our research raises three important questions about how individuals evaluate the credibility of a news article. First, how do individuals evaluate the credibility of news sources in the first place? Second, are younger voters, those that are “Digital Natives”, better at evaluating the credibility of news sources than “Traditional News Natives”? Third, how does an individual’s perception of their credibility evaluation stack-up against their actual accuracy?