To share is to receive: News as social currency for social media reciprocity

Edson C. Tandoc, Liuyu Huang, Andrew Duffy, Rich Ling, Nuri Kim

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Guided by the framework of reciprocity on social media, the current study investigated antecedents of news sharing. Using a two-wave panel survey involving 868 respondents who took two surveys about one year apart, this study examined the effect of frequency of receiving news on social media on subsequent news-sharing behaviour, while controlling for demographics, news-sharing motivations and trust in social media news. The study found that motivation for self-presentation and trust in news shared by one’s social media network positively predicted news sharing on social media. Frequency of receiving news at Time 1 also predicted sharing news subsequently at Time 2. This points to news being valued as a form of social currency.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3-20
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Applied Journalism and Media Studies
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2020

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  • Facebook
  • News consumption
  • Online news
  • Panel survey
  • Reciprocity
  • Sharing
  • Social media
  • Trust


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