After continuous attacks by the president and a segment of the public, a poll just out has some good news for the media.
A Poynter Media Trust Survey found that trust in the media is up. The survey found that 76 percent of Americans across the political spectrum have “a great deal” or “a fair amount” of trust in their local television news, and 73 percent have confidence in local newspapers.
Fake news happens but it’s not a regular occurrence, more of a slight happening.
By reading as much news as possible, readers, or listeners, often can recognize the fake news in most instances.
We do hear people complain about “overkill” on some news stories. We also hear people complain about some television news stories. They ask, “Is that really news?”
And, of course, for years we have heard complaints about too much of the reporting of “bad news.” There are more negative news stories today because of what’s happening in the world.
On the local level, there are more crime stories because there is more crime in Franklin County. With growth, location, there is additional crime. Franklin County has gone over 100,000 in population, and we are in the St. Louis Metro Area, right next to a large city and county. For longtime residents of the county, they don’t recognize many of the names of suspects of crimes, or people convicted of crimes.
In community newspapers there still is more “positive” than “negative” news.
The reporters and editors who report the local news in community newspapers more often than not are well known in the communities they serve, and have earned the respect and trust of their readers.