A recent student conducted survey shows that people are getting their news information in different ways. A declining number of newspaper readers can be attributed to the rise of the internet and social media.
The survey shows that people spend more time on social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, and Pintrest. Websites like these can be the source of various forms a news, leaving the option of print and broadcast news less appealing.
Autumn Freedom, who majors in English and special education at the University of Oregon, points to Facebook as the source for her finding out about Trayvon Martin, a Florida teen who was shot and killed in February. “For example, that black boy in FL who was recently shot, [I] found out about that through FB and then read an article on yahoo.” Freedom says.
Between the people surveyed, they spent an average of 2 ½ – 3 hours online and 30 minutes reading a print publication. In some cases, none of this was spent reading about news. With newspapers turning to online publications less and less people are holding their newspapers. 60% of the people interviewed admitted to not reading newspaper in print.
The survey revealed that out of 10 people, only 3 watched the news on T.V. Of those 3 people, all preferred local news over the bigger syndicated news shows. Alicia Adelman, a family and human services major, questions the motives of the bigger news broadcasts and if they’re in it for good intentions.
“I trust their [local news stations] input since their not necessarily in it for the money.” Adelman says. “The bigger stations are more in it for the money and not actually in it for the news.”
The credibility of reporters has taken a hit as well. 5 of the 10 people interview believed that news stories usually get the facts right, 3 said no, and 2 said they believe that to be the case half of the time.
“75-80% of what they say is probably right.” Henry Henniger says. Henniger, who teaches at the school of music, thinks that there is always stuff left out of a story. “They take what they can out of the good parts, but it’s usually not the only part of the story.”
Daniel Huh, a double major in Spanish and political science, says he thinks biased in media has become a turn off. He says that the media today favors liberals. “It’s because we’re in a liberal government right now. The media makes out conservatives to be bad people and less educated.”