Multimedia StoryTelling

By the students of MCJ300 at The University of Southern Mississippi

Less than 25% of American’s have positive feelings about journalists

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This is an interesting story from The Huffington Post. The new Gallup poll shows that journalists are less trusted than bankers, chiropractors and psychiatrists. On the bright side, American’s trust journalists more than lawyers, senators, members of congress and car salespeople. Car salespeople actually ranked the lowest in public opinion. In July, the Gallup poll reported that only 21% of American’s had confidence in television news. Honesty is key in journalism, so why are so many journalists’ failing at this?

The results are consistent with findings of polls past. In August, a Daily Kos pollshowed that a staggering 78 percent of individuals said they possess an unfavorable view of the political press.”


Written by jenniferhlowe

December 4, 2012 at 11:12 pm

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  1. Yes, this is troubling news indeed. It is interesting, too, that after some of the recent layoffs at newspapers (the Mobile paper, for example) the comments on the layoff stories have blamed the layoffs on the lack of credibility by the news organization. It’s weird to me that that is the perception when the real reason for the layoffs is lack of adjusting to a changing business model. I think we just have to do a better job of doing our jobs well to diffuse this view.


    December 5, 2012 at 1:20 pm

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