'Slim majority' say journalists are more important than in past


54 percent of people surveyed believe journalists "are more important than in the past because they help make sense of all the information that is available," Pew reports from its biennial survey of attitudes toward the press. 38 percent say they're less important. The pattern holds across generations -- people under 30 are about as likely to view journalists as important as those over 50.

Young people are also more likely than in 2011 to view journalists as important watchdogs.

Another interesting finding: "Those who cite the internet as a main source for news offer more critical ratings of the press on several key measures than those who do not go online for news." Think that's an unimportant category? "The internet is now the main source for national and international news for those under the age of 50," Pew reports.

  • Andrew Beaujon

    Andrew Beaujon reported on the media for Poynter from 2012 to 2015. He was previously arts editor at TBD.com and managing editor of Washington City Paper. He's the author of the 2006 book "Body Piercing Saved My Life," about Christian rock and evangelical Christian culture.


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