- Audience expectations of media accountability in the Netherlands
- Journalism Studies
- Volume | Issue number
- 15 | 2
- Pages (from-to)
- Document type
- Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences (FMG)
- Amsterdam School of Communication Research (ASCoR)
Citizens in the Netherlands demand that news media are transparent and responsive to audiences. But above all, the population expects journalism to adopt a more professional manner of self-regulation in order to strengthen news quality. These are the main findings from a large-scale representative survey—the first of its kind—on audience perceptions of news media accountability. Additional results show that citizens are interested in news, but not in the workings of journalism. Only a minority wants to be actively involved in journalism and its accountability mechanisms. This explains why the audience supports a professional liability model of news media accountability rather than a model based on social dialogue.
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