College of International Education
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.
animated news, Apple Action News, credibility, experiment, path analysis, presence
Source Publication Title
Taylor & Francis
This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journalism Studies in October 2015, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/1461670X.2015.1087814.
Link to Publisher's Edition
Lo, W., & Cheng, B. (2015). The use of melodramatic animation in news, presence and news credibility. Journalism Studies, 18 (6), 787-805. https://doi.org/10.1080/1461670X.2015.1087814