FMC Fast Chat: Trust In News? In America? Let's Discuss

September 14, 2021
32 min
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FMC Fast Chat: Trust In News? In America? Let's Discuss

FMC Fast Chat: Trust In News? In America? Let's Discuss

September 14, 2021
32 min
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CATEGORY: Society & Culture
What is it about the news today that makes Americans so lose their minds? In this episode of FMC Fast Chat, we ask the expert: Dr. Benjamin Toff, Senior Research Fellow at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at the University of Oxford. Dr. Toff chats with us on the latest Trust in News survey results, and what it is about the news today that polarizes American audiences. Ok, politics and political leaders play a big role, but there's more to it than that: Generational differences, geography and even gender differences come into play. The study looks at attitudes about news in the US, UK, India, and Brazil and finds distrust isn't even the biggest problem the news media faces from today's public. Take a listen to find out more. This is the podcast of the Fair Media Council More About the Trust in News Project ABOUT DR. BENJAMIN TOFF Dr Benjamin Toff is a Senior Research Fellow at the Reuters Institute and leads the Trust in News Project. He retains a partial faculty appointment at the Hubbard School of Journalism & Mass Communication at the University of Minnesota. He studies public opinion, political communication, digital media, and changing journalistic practices. Among his projects in collaboration with the Reuters Institute is in-depth examination of “news avoidance” and infrequent news use among audiences in the UK and elsewhere. He is also working on a book manuscript focused on the use of public opinion surveys in news coverage of American politics. Dr Toff received his doctorate in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a bachelor’s degree in Social Studies from Harvard University. He was a postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Reuters Institute from 2016-2017. Prior to his academic career, Dr Toff worked as a professional journalist, mostly as a researcher at the New York Times from 2005-2011. (SOURCE: Reuters Institute) ABOUT FAIR MEDIA COUNCIL The Fair Media Council is a 501c3 nonprofit organization advocating for quality news and working to create a media-savvy society. MORE: www.fairmediacouncil.org INTERESTED IN BEING A PODCAST GUEST? Send queries to bookings@fairmediacouncil.org Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices