The Modern News Consumer
Amy Mitchell, Jeffrey Gottfried, Michael Barthel and Elisa Shearer (7 July 2016)
Paper’s reference in the IEEE style?
A. Mitchell, J. Gottfried, M. Barthel, and E. Shearer, “The Modern News Consumer,” Pew Research Center’s Journalism Project, 07-Jul-2016. .
How did you find the paper?
Referenced from a summary blog site which was found by searching for ‘fake news’:
If applicable, write a list of the search terms you used.
Was the paper peer reviewed? Explain how you found out.
This is a report from the Pew Research Center, a nonpartisan fact tank that informs the public about the issues, attitudes and trends shaping the world. The center conducts public opinion polling, demographic research, content analysis and other data-driven social science research.
Does the author(s) work in a university or a government-funded research institute? If so, which university or research institute? If not, where do they work?
Amy Mitchell, director of journalism research.
Mitchell is an expert in research design, methods evaluation, analysis and writing. She specializes in how technology is changing the flow of news information today and the influence of political identity on news choices.
Amy Mitchell, Director, Journalism Research
Michael Barthel, Research Associate
Jeffrey Gottfried, Research Associate
Elisa Shearer, Research Analyst
What does this tell you about their expertise? Are they an expert in the topic area?
The authors are experienced researchers.
What was the paper about?
This report covers survey results from research showing how American’s get their news.
- TV still biggest destination for those wanting to “watch” the news. Web mainly drawing those who want to read it.
- Big shift away from TV to online for younger age groups
- Most online news access of mobile
- 2/5 of Americans say family and friends are an important way they get news.
- Few (~20%) trust news, less (~4%) trust social media
- 75% thinks news organisations are holding political leaders accountable, but only 24% think they unbiased.
- 51% say they are loyal to their news sources, 76% usually turn to the same source of news.
- Americans get news from social media, but few are heavily engaged.
- Young adults follow the news less closely, and have more negative attitudes about the news media
- Democrats express more trust than Republicans, in the information they get from nationa news organisations
If applicable, is this paper similar to other papers you have read for this assignment? If so, which papers and why?
If applicable, is this paper different to other papers you have read for this assignment? If so, which papers and why?
This report indicates that, if anything, younger generations are increasingly disinterested in the news and while they get their news online, they are no more likely to get it from social media than others.
The report also outlines a general distrust of the media, especially amongst Republicans
What do these similarities and differences suggest? What are your observations? Do you have any new ideas? Do you have any conclusions?
Given the reported low level of trust in the media, and general low trust in online news, it may be that fake news has become an issue solely because it is more widely shared. Most people don’t believe it, but by being widely shared, it reaches more people who may react to it.
Alternatively, perhaps it simply motivates those that do engage with it to more action than would otherwise be the case.
This question is to be answered after your critical analysis is completed: Which sections (if any) of your critical analysis was this paper cited in?