One must ask what are journalism schools turning out these days as confidence in news via newspapers, television and Internet continues to head south, observes Grumpy Editor.
A Gallup poll of those saying they have "a great deal" or "quite a lot" of confidence in news from the three major news media platforms shows:
■ Newspapers: down to 22 percent in 2014 vs. a peak of 51 percent in 1979.
■ Television: 18 percent vs. 46 percent in 1993.
■ Internet: 19 percent vs. 21 percent in 1999.
“Americans hold all news media platforms in low confidence,” notes Gallup in releasing statistics from the poll conducted June 5 to 8. “How these platforms can restore confidence with the American public is not clear, especially as editorial standards change and most outlets lack the broad reach once available to major newspapers and broadcasters.”
Gallup also mentions, “The circulation of newspapers continues to shrink to the point that University of Southern California's Annenberg Center for the Digital Future estimates that most print newspapers will not exist in five years.”
See the full Gallup results here.
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