Trusting the Media? TV News as a Source of Knowledge

Nicola Mößner
Aachen University of Technology
Why do we trust TV news? What reasons might support a recipient’s assessment of the trustworthiness of this kind of information? This paper presents a veritistic analysis of the epistemic practice of news production and communication. The topic is approached by discussing a detailed case study, namely the characteristics of the most popular German news programme, called the ‘Tagesschau’. It will be shown that a veritistic analysis can indeed provide a recipient with relevant reasons to consider when pondering on the trustworthiness of sources of information. Moreover, it will turn out that these reasons are part of what recipients might gather from media literacy.
Keywords Media reports  media literacy  source of information  testimony  trustworthiness  veritistic analysis
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DOI 10.1080/09672559.2018.1450079
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