Trust in Media: Relevance, Responsibility, and Epistemic Needs in Divided Societies

Charis Rice, Maureen Taylor

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This chapter explores trust in media through an in-depth qualitative analysis of the perceptions of one group of informed and engaged citizens in Northern Ireland. The findings reveal that perceptions of trust – or the lack of it – in news media are expectedly multifaceted and dynamic, eluding simple linear explanations. Our case study respondents reflect the tension between individuals’ diverse personal news needs and the centrality of media content in their lives, and the fierce criticism directed towards the media in inflaming post-conflict sensitivities. We propose that an application of epistemic theory on trust, knowledge and personal media repertoires provides an encouraging angle for theoretical development in media and journalism studies, particularly with regard to trust.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationResponsible Journalism in Conflicted Societies
Subtitle of host publicationTrust and Public Service Across New and Old Divides
EditorsJake Lynch, Charis Rice
PublisherRoutledge Taylor & Francis Group
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9781000689273
ISBN (Print)9781003178217
Publication statusPublished - 30 Sep 2022


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