Title The credibility of online news: an evaluation of the information by university students
Authors HERRERO DIZ, PAULA, CONDE JIMÉNEZ, JESÚS, TAPIA FRADE, ALEJANDRO JOSÉ, VARONA ARAMBURU , DAVID, HERRERO DIZ, PAULA, VARONA ARAMBURU , DAVID, TAPIA FRADE, ALEJANDRO JOSÉ, CONDE JIMÉNEZ, JESÚS
External publication No
Means Cultura y Educacion
Scope Article
Nature Científica
JCR Quartile 4
SJR Quartile 1
JCR Impact 0.72700
Area International
Web https://www.scopus.com/inward/record.uri?eid=2-s2.0-85071928103&doi=10.1080%2f11356405.2019.1601937&partnerID=40&md5=f4e06dde393a861c1d233e690ce281e0
Publication date 01/01/2019
ISI 000474657800008
Scopus Id 2-s2.0-85071928103
DOI 10.1080/11356405.2019.1601937
Abstract The spread of online disinformation is one of the 10 global risks of the future according to the World Economic Forum, and 51% of experts believe that this situation will not improve in the coming years. By 2022, half of the news will be fake news. In terms of users, young people and adults have problems understanding where the information they find online comes from and what sources to trust or not. In order to ascertain the degree of credibility that young users in Andalucia give to information, this study presents the results of the evaluation of online news by university students pursuing degrees in communication and education (N=188), using the CRAAP test. The data reveal differences in gender and degree programme in the credibility assigned to the news. The conclusion is that university students have difficulty differentiating the veracity of the sources, in line with previous studies, with fake news earning higher ratings than real news.
Keywords disinformation; fake news; CRAAP test; higher education; media literacy
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