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Citation

Miller A, Kurpius D. Am. Behav. Sci. 2010; 54(2): 137-156.

Copyright

(Copyright © 2010, SAGE Publishing)

DOI

10.1177/0002764210376315

PMID

unavailable

Abstract

This experimental study used 244 participants to investigate citizen perceptions of news sources focusing on source credibility. Ten television news stories were created with varying source affiliation (officials or citizens), source race (African American or Caucasian), and type of story (hard or soft news). For the first time, results showed viewers do distinguish between the credibility of official and citizen sources. No difference was found in credibility on the basis of race. Results are discussed within the frameworks of civic journalism, hidden racism, and citizen sources.

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