• Fake News? A Survey on Video News Releases and their Implications on Journalistic Ethics, Independence and Credibility of Broadcast News

    Author(s):
    CHANDRA CLARK SHUHUA ZHOU
    Editor(s):
    Jyotirmaya Patnaik (see profile)
    Date:
    2014
    Group(s):
    Communication Studies, Cultural Studies, Digital Humanists, Feminist Humanities, Television Studies
    Subject(s):
    Broadcast journalism, Journalism, New media, Communication, Public relations
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    VNR, news, journalistic independence
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/svsy-tq89
    Abstract:
    The traditional lines between journalism and public relations are now intertwined and public relations practitioners have an influential role on the content consumers see every day in newspapers and on news broadcasts. This survey looked at video news releases and their implications about journalists’ ethics, integrity, independence and credibility. 533 participants from three different populations (average viewers, communication college students, and journalists) responded to a 54-question survey that employed two predictors (i) level of experience and (ii) years of journalism experience. The results indicated that average viewers found the use of video news releases (VNRs) more unethical than journalists and communication students, although experienced journalists believed VNR use is having an impact on journalistic independence in news. Implications are discussed.
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    Status:
    Published
    Last Updated:
    3 months ago
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