Audiences reacted positively when a journalist provided evidence to arbitrate competing factual claims in a story. The 436 undergraduate students participating in the experiment rated an article including evidence to resolve a factual dispute as less biased and as more credible than an article containing competing claims but no evidence to resolve them. The students seeing the adjudication version also reported that they would be more likely to read another news story about related issues. (via The journalist as referee: How audiences react when reporters evaluate competing claims – American Press Institute)

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