Traditional media trumps citizen journalism for credibility

Traditional media is still perceived as being more credible than citizen journalism, according to most young people surveyed in Singapore recently.

The survey, conducted by Singapore Polytechnic students, revealed that 80 per cent of the 801 respondents - aged between 15 and 35 - thought so.

The quantitative study was conducted at shopping malls, MRT stations and bus interchanges over a three-week period, with the results revealed yesterday.

It also found that more young people are increasingly getting involved in citizen journalism, with 65.9 per cent of respondents saying they have shared content online on sites such as Facebook and Twitter.

More than half, or 52.8 per cent, of all respondents said they provided written content, while 46.7 per cent said they uploaded pictures.

The survey also found that 58.7 per cent of young people do not use pseudonyms when providing content.

Almost half, or 46.4 per cent of them, said they would verify if information from social-media platforms came from a legitimate source.

Mrs Lam Yoke Peng, director of Singapore Polytechnic's School of Communication, Arts and Social Sciences, said that "social media is making it easier for anyone to become a journalist".

With citizen journalism becoming a growing trend, however, "the credibility of information becomes an important issue we need to be aware of".

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