Audience Expectations of Media Accountability in the Netherlands

Richard van der Wurff, Klaus Schönbach

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Abstract

Citizens in the Netherlands demand that news media are transparent and responsive to audiences. But above all, the population expects journalism to adopt a more professional manner of self-regulation in order to strengthen news quality. These are the main findings from a large-scale representative survey-the first of its kind-on audience perceptions of news media accountability. Additional results show that citizens are interested in news, but not in the workings of journalism. Only a minority wants to be actively involved in journalism and its accountability mechanisms. This explains why the audience supports a professional liability model of news media accountability rather than a model based on social dialogue.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)121-137
Number of pages17
JournalJournalism Studies
Volume15
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2014
Externally publishedYes

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news
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social dialogue
citizen
self-regulation
liability
minority
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Keywords

  • audience
  • ethics
  • journalism
  • media accountability
  • professionalization
  • The Netherlands

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication

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Audience Expectations of Media Accountability in the Netherlands. / van der Wurff, Richard; Schönbach, Klaus.

In: Journalism Studies, Vol. 15, No. 2, 03.2014, p. 121-137.

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van der Wurff, Richard ; Schönbach, Klaus. / Audience Expectations of Media Accountability in the Netherlands. In: Journalism Studies. 2014 ; Vol. 15, No. 2. pp. 121-137.
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