Seeing as I am interested in becoming a journalist, I need to acknowledge the negative aspects of my interests and delve into why they exist.  One thing I know, is that in general, the media is not trusted by the public.  Therefore, I have decided to further research why this is true.  Here is what I have found:

Survey Produced by The Gallup Organization - A research-based performance-management consulting company

A recent survey conducted by the Pew Research Center in Washington D.C., displayed that the media is becoming less trustworthy in the eyes of American citizens.  With the current generation relying on the internet for everything under the sun, newspapers are becoming less commonly used.  The problem with the internet, is that it is difficult to differentiate between the pros and the joes of online journalists.  Anyone can write a story online, and anyone can just as easily read it.  A rumor can be created by an author claiming to be a journalist with straight facts, and it can be proven wrong, thus causing outrage amongst readers.  It is understandable why the public is so critical of the media, but as a whole, they need to realize that not everyone out there is a real journalist let alone a trustworthy one.  One just needs to be able to pick out the good apples from the tree, so they can understand which ones are ripe, and which ones are rotten.

According to the survey, 77% of the participants believe that reporters favor one side of the story they are reporting on.  After years of reading online blogs, I can understand why people would believe this.  A lot of inexperienced journalists who post a story online may be posting it to get their opinion heard.  It is difficult to stand out if someone is reporting the facts that hundreds, if not thousands, of journalists are already reporting.  Now when it comes to television, there is less bias, however, some stations definitely appear to favor one political side of the spectrum.  This connects to the 63% that believe that the media is politically biased, and the 80% that think that it is influenced by powerful people and organizations.  Newspapers tend to be the same way politically, but I do not believe that they are partial to the extreme of online journalism.  Professional journalists writing for a newspaper are expected to remain objective and be neutral in the story that is being written.  Online, there is no protocol as many people are writing their stories without pay and are just wanting their voice to be heard.

Another point that the survey brought up, is that much of the public do not trust the articles that they read.  The survey showed that 66% of the participants think that that the stories of the media are inaccurate, while only 25% believe they get the facts straight.  This makes sense as well, since a lot of online bloggers may not necessarily make it their highest priority to have all aspects of their writing be truthful.  Once again, the competition of online writing can be a factor in this because if everyone just stated the straight facts, there would be no spice to the stories and nothing to make one stand out from another.  Maybe a controversial piece could help get an aspiring online journalist noticed, even if it is not completely true.  When it comes to newspapers, the articles are a lot more accurate.  There is no possible way that an editor of a newspaper would allow inaccuracies to flow through his/her paper, because why have someone writing for him/her who is spewing out false information, when there are plenty of other willing writers who would spit out the straight facts that he/she wants.  From experience in working for the Daily Collegian, I know how vital the facts of the stories are, since at least two or three people check them before the paper is formed for the next day.  With online journalism, there is not always a protocol to follow, but with the competitiveness of working for a newspaper, objectivity is something that can be relied upon.

Almost every negative aspect of the survey put created by the Pew Research Center has reached a new high, meaning that the public is trusting the media less and less as time goes on.  With journalism becoming a casual online activity for some to get attention, it is destroying the perception of other journalists who remain objective and attempt to get out their hard work filled with truthful and proven facts.  At this point, with technology increasing at a higher rate than ever, there is little hope in changing this negative opinion of the public, as online journalism continues to take over print.

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