Media distrust

The media has been scrutinized for decades.

In a poll conducted by Gallup this year, 55 percent of Americans have a distrust in the media. Media outlets were created to get important information to the masses. If most people don’t believe that they operate for the people and more for personal gain, we have a problem. This distrust can make citizens less likely to try to stay informed about the world around them.

No matter what side of the fence you’re on, I think most of us can agree that we need the media to know what is going on in the world and especially in our own country and state.

With the emergence of the internet and social media, it has become easier to be our own journalists. The average American can be the source of their own news by taking pictures and video and writing news stories and letters to the editor to submit.

If you go onto any newspaper website, you can find a link to submit your news or letter to the editor. In some cases, you can email the editor.

Some may argue that they do not have enough time. Some news stories or letters to the editor are short at about 200 words.

Others may argue that they don’t have enough information to even come up with a short story. Well, newspapers and online news sources often look to the public for video or pictures to post.

If average Americans who have nothing to gain start writing for their local newspapers, this distrust in the media might lessen and there may be an increase in information seeking.

Katie Crane


Submitted by Virtual Newsroom