Audience Expectations of Media Accountability in the Netherlands

Richard van der Wurff*, Klaus Schönbach

*Corresponding author for this work

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Citizens in the Netherlands demand that news media are transparent and responsive to audiences. But above all, the population expects journalism to adopt a more professional manner of self-regulation in order to strengthen news quality. These are the main findings from a large-scale representative survey-the first of its kind-on audience perceptions of news media accountability. Additional results show that citizens are interested in news, but not in the workings of journalism. Only a minority wants to be actively involved in journalism and its accountability mechanisms. This explains why the audience supports a professional liability model of news media accountability rather than a model based on social dialogue.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)121-137
Number of pages17
JournalJournalism Studies
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 1 2014


  • audience
  • ethics
  • journalism
  • media accountability
  • professionalization
  • The Netherlands

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication


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