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Poll: High School Students, Teachers Doubt Media Report Accurately

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By    |   Thursday, 06 December 2018 10:22 AM

About half of high school students and teachers expressed doubt that the media is capable of reporting the news accurately and fairly, according to a new poll released by Adweek.

The study, commissioned by the Knight Foundation, polled almost 10,000 high school students and nearly 500 high school teachers. Just under half, 49 percent, of the students said they have little to no trust in the news media to report fairly and accurately, while 51 percent of teachers said the same. Only 14 percent watched local news, down from 30 percent in a previous poll taken in 2016, and only 12 percent watched cable news, compared to 26 percent in 2016. Students are also less likely to get their news from social media compared to two years ago. 

Although the number of students who said they use social media to get news has gone down, 46 percent in 2018 compared to 51 percent in 2016, 40 percent said that they trust content posted by people more than the news media, up from 26 percent in 2016.

Students also were less likely than teachers to view “fake news” as a threat to democracy, with only 21 percent of students compared to 40 percent of teachers.

“The massive changes in the media environment over the past few decades has led to shifts in how high school students use and feel about the media,” said the report’s author, Stats Group president Kenneth Dautrich. “While basic support for speech and press freedoms has been unwavering, to ensure a bright future for the First Amendment, we must seek to understand the evolving forces that shape it.”

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About half of high school students and teachers expressed doubt that the media is capable of reporting the news accurately and fairly, according to a new poll released by Adweek.
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