News in an era of content confusion: effects of news use motivations and context on native advertising and digital news perceptions
Amazeen, M. A.
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Citation (published version)M.A. Amazeen. 2019. "News in an Era of Content Confusion: Effects of News Use Motivations and Context on Native Advertising and Digital News Perceptions." Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly, https://doi.org/10.1177/1077699019886589
This study examined the effects of differing native advertising framing contexts (hard versus soft news) and individuals’ news use motivations on ability to perceive commercialized content, evaluations of native advertising, and ensuing digital news perceptions. Based upon the framework of the persuasion knowledge model, an online experiment was conducted among a sample of U.S. adults (N = 684). When revealed as advertising, people were more likely to perceive the hard news rather than the soft news framing as commercial in nature. Furthermore, hard news approaches to native advertising were perceived unfavorably by audiences and tarnished the subsequent reporting of actual journalists.