News on the net: Credibility, selective exposure, and racial prejudice

Debra Burns Melican, Travis L. Dixon

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An online survey was conducted to assess the perception of credibility of various forms of news media, including Internet news sites associated with traditional forms of media and nontraditional Internet news sites. The survey also explored a possible link between news media credibility and scores on a modern racism scale. This study found that people held differential perceptions of Internet news credibility. Specifically, nontraditional Internet sources were perceived as far less credible than all other news sources. After controlling for a number of factors, the results suggest that those who view nontraditional Internet news sources as more credible than traditional media also score higher on a modern racism scale. The theoretical implications of these findings are discussed, with a focus on the Internet as a safe haven for divergent, even racist, beliefs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)151-168
Number of pages18
JournalCommunication Research
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2008


  • Credibility
  • Internet
  • News
  • Race
  • Racism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Communication
  • Linguistics and Language


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