Source Credibility as a Journalistic Work Tool

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One key determinant of who becomes a news source and thus acquires voice and involvement in news content is the extent to which different agents are perceived by journalists as credible (Detjen et al., 2000; Gans, 1979; Goldenberg, 1975). Source credibility in journalism, that is always a perceived phenomenon (hence hereinafter “credibility” is used to mean “perceived credibility”), extends far beyond the believability of one actor or another, as human agents stand behind virtually all news (Reich, 2009; Sigal, 1986; Strömbäck and Nord, 2005) and credibility is interwoven into the wider logic of news making, outlining the borderline between versions and facts, trust and skepticism, objectivity and bias, high exposure and news deprivation (Cottle, 2000; Reich 2009; Schudson, 2001).

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationJournalists, Sources, and Credibility
Subtitle of host publicationNew Perspectives
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9781136858338, 9780203835708
ISBN (Print)9780415884266
StatePublished - 14 Dec 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Arts and Humanities
  • General Social Sciences


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