Journalistic challenges to a politician’s race-related policies: Rules for interview appropriateness and perceptions of bias and credibility

International Communication Association (ICA) Conference, May 26-30, 2022, Paris, France

Abstract: This study uses a randomized posttest-only between-subjects experiment to investigate the communication rules participants perceive after a journalist interviews a politician about race-related policies. The journalist’s adversarialness (no challengesimple challenge, contextualized challenge) was rated for perceived appropriateness. Social dominance orientation (SDO) was used as a moderator of participant perceptions of the journalist and politician. Overall, SDO weighs more heavily than does level of challenge, with high SDO participants perceiving journalistic challenges as less appropriate.

María E. Len-Ríos  Solyee Kim 

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