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How Perceived Information Quality of Online News Sources Determines Political Knowledge Through Self-Efficacy

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The Internet is a challenging news source. Young users have to choose between so-called ‘quality media’ and diverse semi-professional or non-professional sources. We suggest that the perceived information quality of online news sources plays a crucial role in the acquisition of political knowledge. Based on self-efficacy theory (Bandura, 1977, 1986) we propose that in the course of an individual’s media socialization, perceived information quality, media self-efficacy, internal political efficacy, and political knowledge should be understood as consecutively linked.
Based on a student sample (N = 560), aged 12 to 22 (M = 16.04, SD = 1.37), our assumptions were supported for general online news exposure. Further, we examined whether the model holds true for professional, semi-professional and non-professional information sources. Here a more complex picture revealed. The results underline the importance of focusing on media literacy education as well as the development of media and internal political efficacy to trigger knowledge acquisition processes.

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Schmitt, Josephine. "How Perceived Information Quality of Online News Sources Determines Political Knowledge Through Self-Efficacy" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Communication Association 64th Annual Conference, Seattle Sheraton Hotel, Seattle, Washington, May 21, 2014 <Not Available>. 2018-09-05 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p714962_index.html>

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Schmitt, J. , 2014-05-21 "How Perceived Information Quality of Online News Sources Determines Political Knowledge Through Self-Efficacy" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Communication Association 64th Annual Conference, Seattle Sheraton Hotel, Seattle, Washington Online <APPLICATION/PDF>. 2018-09-05 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p714962_index.html

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Abstract: The Internet is a challenging news source. Young users have to choose between so-called ‘quality media’ and diverse semi-professional or non-professional sources. We suggest that the perceived information quality of online news sources plays a crucial role in the acquisition of political knowledge. Based on self-efficacy theory (Bandura, 1977, 1986) we propose that in the course of an individual’s media socialization, perceived information quality, media self-efficacy, internal political efficacy, and political knowledge should be understood as consecutively linked.
Based on a student sample (N = 560), aged 12 to 22 (M = 16.04, SD = 1.37), our assumptions were supported for general online news exposure. Further, we examined whether the model holds true for professional, semi-professional and non-professional information sources. Here a more complex picture revealed. The results underline the importance of focusing on media literacy education as well as the development of media and internal political efficacy to trigger knowledge acquisition processes.


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