In Indonesia again

This Thursday I returned from a two week trip to Indonesia. The second week on Monday I performed a small workshop on online research. The day after I attended the mini symposium in Jakarta, organized by Hendriyani from the University of Indonesia.
I presented a paper in progress about the news consumption by millennials compared to other generations.
I met with some journalists (CNN (not an official subsidiary), NET). The team from NET. made a video recording interviewing me about social media and fake news during the upcoming presidential election campaign in Indonesia. Let’s see whether they will air it.
Anyhow, it was a nice trip again. Hope to be back again 🙂

New study about the journalists’ perceived credibility of online info and their checking behavior

About a week ago my study about journalists’ perceived credibility of online info and their checking behavior. Below is the abstract of the article, which was published in Observatorio (OBS*). I hope you enjoy the read.

This study focuses on the extent journalists verify information provided by online sources, and tests to what extent this verification behavior can be explained by journalists’ perceived credibility of online information and other factors, such as journalism education of journalists, work and Internet experience, and work environment (broadcasting, newspapers, Internet). Although several studies have focused on perceived credibility of online information, none have tested its effect on actual verification behavior. This study will perform that test.
Using a sample from the membership database of the Dutch Association of Journalists, a web questionnaire was used to ask journalists about their opinions, behavior, and professional background characteristics. Regression analysis was used to test the hypotheses.
Analyses show that journalism education does not affect journalists’ verification behavior, neither directly nor indirectly via perceived online source credibility. Perceiving online information as less credible does not lead to verifying online information more extensively. Journalism education only affects the extent journalists perceive online (semi-) governmental information as less credible.
The findings question the role of formal and informal professional socialization in training journalists to become professional journalists adhering to professional standards.