What will it take for audiences to trust news media?
This research examined the current state of trust in news media, in Australia and beyond. It involved desktop research and workshops.
First, it involved creating an annotated bibliography of the academic literature, available here.
After workshops were held that interrogated the way people use and trust media. These workshops in Tamworth and Sydney in May 2018, interrogated three key questions. First, which news sources do participants use and trust? Second, why do they use and trust those sources? And third, building on the answers to questions one and two, is it possible to design a news source that users are more likely to trust?
The results of the workshops is discussed in our report titled Trust and News Media in Australia: A Quantitative Study, available here.
This project also connects with the Centre’s regulatory work on mechanisms for identifying trusted providers, reflecting our commitment to using industry-based approaches to standards of practice for news and current affairs. As part of that work, we’ll look at the alternatives to statutory regulation and how they intersect with schemes for promoting journalistic ethics.
The project is funded by the Facebook Journalism Project as part of its work with the Asia Pacific News Literacy Group.