Issue stance and perceived journalistic motives explain divergent audience perceptions of fake news

  title={Issue stance and perceived journalistic motives explain divergent audience perceptions of fake news},
  author={Stephanie Jean Tsang},
  pages={823 - 840}
  • S. Tsang
  • Published 1 June 2020
  • Psychology
  • Journalism
Issue stances have always been an important factor in audiences’ news processing, and this study found that audiences’ attributions of motives to journalists can also affect news evaluations, particularly regarding whether a story is fake news. By exposing participants in Hong Kong to a news post (N = 215) via an online experiment, the findings suggest participants with opposing issue stances on the extradition bill controversy are likely to perceive the exact same new story as inaccurate and… 

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