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The Diffusion of an Online Community Newspaper Among College Students
Unformatted Document Text:  Diffusion Online News 8 also offers evidence that multimedia is important but also provides caution to news websites that too much information can prevent information processing. Dynamic features could also be interactive and allow users to exchange ideas and comment on news stories. The popularity of online newspapers can be partially attributed to the interactivity of the online format (Chung, 2008). For the purposes of the current research, dynamic features and interactive features will be examined together under the term “interactive features.” Chung and Nah (2009) determined that interactive features predict satisfaction with online news websites. i Based on the assumption that the availaibility of interactive features enhances perceived satisfaction, the following hypothesis is posited: H2: Use of interactive features positively predicts ones’ level of perceived satisfaction with an online community newspaper. Online News Credibility Credibility is an important variable to examine in communication research and has received attention in many areas within mass communication. The influence of credibility on interactive features and multimedia also warrants further examination. Sundar (1998) commented on the ambiguity among communication researchers regarding how they define sources. Communication research on credibility has primarily looked at two domains of credibility, source and medium (Kiousis, 2001). Source credibility has focused on communication characteristics while medium credibility has focused on the channel. Abdulla, Garrison, Salwen, Driscoll, and Casey (2005) examined the issue of online news credibility by looking for similarities and differences between traditional and online news sources; they found that readers of online news are very concerned with bias and the possibility of bias. Abdulla et al. (2005) stated online news must be honest, accurate, fair, complete, trustworthy, and

Authors: Hunt, Daniel., Atkin, David. and Kowal, Chris.
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Diffusion Online News 8
also offers evidence that multimedia is important but also provides caution to news websites that 
too much information can prevent information processing.
Dynamic features could also be interactive and allow users to exchange ideas and 
comment on news stories.   The popularity of online newspapers can be partially attributed to the 
interactivity of the online format (Chung, 2008).  For the purposes of the current research, 
dynamic features and interactive features will be examined together under the term “interactive 
features.”  Chung and Nah (2009) determined that interactive features predict satisfaction with 
online news websites.
  Based on the assumption that the availaibility of interactive features 
enhances perceived satisfaction, the following hypothesis is posited:
H2: Use of interactive features positively predicts ones’ level of perceived satisfaction 
with an online community newspaper.
Online News Credibility
Credibility is an important variable to examine in communication research and has 
received attention in many areas within mass communication. The influence of credibility on
interactive features and multimedia also warrants further examination. Sundar (1998) 
commented on the ambiguity among communication researchers regarding how they define 
sources.  Communication research on credibility has primarily looked at two domains of 
credibility, source and medium (Kiousis, 2001).  Source credibility has focused on 
communication characteristics while medium credibility has focused on the channel.  Abdulla, 
Garrison, Salwen, Driscoll, and Casey (2005) examined the issue of online news credibility by 
looking for similarities and differences between traditional and online news sources; they found 
that readers of online news are very concerned with bias and the possibility of bias.  Abdulla et 
al.  (2005) stated online news must be honest, accurate, fair, complete, trustworthy, and 


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