Trends In Public Support For Journalists And The Media

Lee B. Becker and Mentian Chen. Trends In Public Support For Journalists And The Media. Presentation to the Midwest Association for Public Opinion Research, Nov. 18 and 19, 2016, Chicago.

Abstract: The public is very critical of the journalists and of the news media, an extensive review of public opinion research over the last 40 years shows. The public has become more critical of journalists and of news organizations over time. What can be done–if anything–to reverse the trends in use and assessment isn’t clear from these analyses. What is clear is that a democracy cannot function if its citizens do not have information about the world in which they live.

Lee B. Becker 

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