Public trust in journalism and media

Lee B. Becker & Mengtian Chen (Student) (2016) Public trust in journalism and media: Analysis of data from 1970 to 2015. Kettering Foundation Working Paper [2016:2], February 1, 2016. Available for download at:

(Kettering Foundation Grant, How Has Trust in Journalists and Media Changed Over Time, $19,825.)

Abstract: The public is very critical of journalists and of the news media. It hardly matters what question is asked. The actual performance of those in journalism and of their organizations is viewed critically by citizens. The public has become more critical of journalists and of news organizations over time. Trust and confidence have decreased, as has the sense that journalists are ethical.

Lee B. Becker 

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