A Matter of Trust: Plagiarism, fake sources and paradigm repair in the Danish news media

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Abstract

In December of 2015 two major journalistic scandals hit the Danish news media. The two scandals ran almost concurrently, which increased the media attention and was reflected in the coverage. In a time of diminishing trust in the news media these scandals represented a significant and acute credibility problem for the news media that were affected. Using paradigm repair theory coupled with a theory about transparency, this paper analyses which strategies the affected news media employed to re-instore trust in their journalism, and thus in the traditional news paradigm. Like previous studies, we find that the news media tried to distance themselves from the journalists involved in the scandals and describe them as “bad apples.” In both scandals the news media also went to great lengths to investigate the accusations and publically document the transgressions of the reporters. This effort could be seen as an attempt to increase transparency about the scandals, but the reports focused only on the journalists in focus, and not on the news organization, where they worked. As a consequence, the affected editors an
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournalism Studies
Volume19
Issue number13
Pages (from-to)1889-1898
Number of pages9
ISSN1461-670X
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018

Bibliographical note

Important note from the Publisher regarding the attached document: “This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journalism Studies on 06 Jul 2018, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/1461670X.2018.1492878.”

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