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Dates and Times

02 August 2021
13:30 - 14:30


Building: 1
Room: 21
Other: Level A


Faculty of Arts and Design


Kieran McGuinness

Faculty of Arts & Design Seminar Series - N&MRC

Date: Monday 2 August 2021

Time: 1:30pm-2:30pm

Location: 1A21 & Zoom (email for details)

Additional Information

Dear Colleagues,


Please join us for a FAD Research Seminar Series hosted by the N&MRC.


Date: Monday 2 August 2021

Time: 1:30pm-2:30pm

Location: 1A21 & Zoom


Zoom Details for those unable to attend in person:

Meeting ID: 983 4951 8394 
Passcode: 818270



Dr Kieran McGuinness



COVID Contradictions: Trust, misinformation and audience perceptions of news and information in a hybrid media environment



At the height of the pandemic trust in news about COVID-19 and levels of news access soared in Australia, but less than a year on those levels of trust and access have not been maintained. Concern about misinformation is widespread, but reported experience is less so, with almost one-in-four (23%) saying they didn’t know if they had come across misinformation in the past week. Only 18% of Australians say they trust news on social media, but over half (52%) still use social for news and a growing proportion say it is their main source of news. These and other seemingly confounding findings demonstrate the difficulty of understanding audience perceptions in a hybrid media system. However, rather than dismissing what cannot be easily explained I argue these gaps point the way towards new, and potentially more profound research targets. This presentation brings together findings from three research projects, including the ongoing Digital News Report: Australia series, a survey of Australians perceptions of news and misinformation conducted during the COVID-19 pandemic, and a recently published content analysis of news media reporting of COVID-19 during 2020. Using these three studies I will discuss the complexity of defining and understanding risk and harm associated with misinformation in a hybrid media system, and propose avenues for future research.



Kieran McGuinness is the Digital News Report Postdoctoral Fellow at the News & Media Research Centre at the University of Canberra. His recent research focuses on mixed method approaches to news consumption, misinformation, journalistic role performance, and defence journalism.

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