Publication details [#66443]

De Macedo Higgins Joyce, Vanessa and Zahra Khani. 2019. Consensus building on trust in government. Contrasting media and neighborhood effects in a case study of older Texans. The Agenda Setting Journal 3 (2) : 108–128.
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John Benjamins
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This study contrasts the effects of news media to those of neighborhood in building consensus regarding trust in government. Consensus building is a consequence of agenda setting at a societal level. It conducts a secondary data analysis from an online survey with a panel of 983 older Texans from November/December 2015. It found significant correlation between trust and following the news, accessing TV news, using digital media, online news and newspapers. It found that news media in general and online news increased consensus both within education and location; radio and television increased consensus for education and digital media for income. The spatial auto-correlation test found a minimal tendency of similar values of trust to be clustered. The paper cannot infer that neighborhood contributes in the formation of trust. It found evidence, in a case study of older Texans, that the news media may bring people closer together than next-door neighbors.