News story aggregation and perceived credibility

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The practice of news aggregation, or the use on a news website of content that is in part or in full copied from a separate, originating source, has become common in the wake of layoffs and budget cuts at traditional news organizations, and has long been common practice in new, online media. The results of this study suggest that news organizations can make the product of their work more credible in the eyes of consumers of news by more clearly identifying originating sources than by increasing or decreasing the use of aggregation. Links between degree of aggregation and perceived credibility were found to lack significance or be of little strength, while links between receivers’ confidence in their ability to identify originating sources and perceived message credibility were consistently significant and of high strength.

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Communication, Journalism, Mass communication