This study explored the effects of objectivity and transparency on perceived news credibility and newsworthiness. Some journalism scholars and practitioners have argued that transparency is replacing objectivity, which has been a dominant standard in traditional journalism. An online experiment (n=222) found that objective articles were rated more credible and more newsworthy than opinionated articles, while non-transparent articles were rated more credible than transparent articles.
- journalistic norms
- online news
- opinionated news and transparency