The Use of Melodramatic Animation in News, Presence and News Credibility: A path model

Wai Han LO*, Benjamin K L CHENG

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Abstract

An experiment with 187 college students was conducted to investigate the influence of melodramatic animation on the perceived credibility of crime-related news reporting, and the role of presence in mediating this influence. The results of a path analysis showed that presence positively predicts the perceived credibility of a news report. However, the effects of melodramatic animation on viewers’ experience of presence were found to vary. Practical and ethical issues relating to the use of melodramatic animation in news reports are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)787-805
Number of pages19
JournalJournalism Studies
Volume18
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 3 Jun 2017

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Communication

User-Defined Keywords

  • animated news
  • Apple Action News
  • credibility
  • experiment
  • path analysis
  • presence

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