Using directional cues in immersive journalism: The impact on information processing, narrative transportation, presence, news attitudes, and credibility.
Paper to be presented at the Annual Convention of International Communication Association (ICA). Washington, DC.
Abstract: This study examined the effects of the use of directional cues in immersive journalism on information recall, attitudes towards a news story, narrative transportation, presence, and message credibility by conducting a randomized between-subjects three-condition lab experiment (N=90) with community participants using three versions of originally produced 360̊ video news story. The study found that presence of directional cues in 360̊ news story improved participants’ recall of statistics from the story, but did not improve recall of verbal information. In addition, the presence of directional cues impacted participants’ perceptions of message credibility, but did not impact their narrative transportation, attitudes towards the 360̊ news story, or sense of presence. The study findings are discussed in light of information processing theories.
The power of political journalists as deception detectors and how politicians reactivate voters’ truth-default
Abstract: Journalists serve as deception detectors for voters. Sometimes politicians refute journalists’ assertions. How do voters discern whom to believe? Based on cognitive sequences posited by truth-default theory (TDT), experiments tested voters’ reactions to alleged deceptiveness in a political news interview. In Study 1 (N = 209) perceptions of a politician being truthfully or falsely […]
The Portrayal of Forest Certification in National and State Newspapers of the United States
Abstract: Forest certification has emerged as a market-based tool to safeguard the sustainability of the world’s forests. Since media can shape public opinion, this study examines media treatment of forest certification in the United States, the world’s largest producer and consumer of forest products. This study utilizes 309 print and digital newspaper articles published in […]