Oldies but goldies? Comparing the trustworthiness and credibility of 'new' and 'old' information intermediaries

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People increasingly access news through 'new', algorithmic intermediaries such as search engines or aggregators rather than the 'old' (i.e., traditional), journalistic intermediaries. As algorithmic intermediaries do not adhere to journalistic standards, their trustworthiness comes into question. With this study, we (1) summarize the differences between journalistic and algorithmic intermediaries as found in previous literature; (2) conduct a cross-media comparison of information credibility and intermediary trustworthiness; and (3) examine how key predictors (such as modality, reputation, source attribution, and prior experience) affect the trustworthiness and credibility assessments. Results from a quasi-experimental online survey (n = 485) confirm that recipients assess journalistic intermediaries more positively than algorithmic intermediaries and audio more positively than text intermediaries. Furthermore, we found reputation and information credibility to be the most important predictors of intermediary trustworthiness, while general media trust is the most important predictor of information credibility. Implications and directions for future research are discussed.


Original languageEnglish
Journal Communications : the European journal of communication research
Publication statusPublished - 2024

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Mendeley 4bdad4b4-9ea9-3d31-b88c-1aa5fb55e8c3
ORCID /0000-0003-1680-9122/work/160953228



  • credibility, cross-media comparison, Facebook, information intermediary, trustworthiness, voice-based assistant