In the latest Gallup poll, June 5-8, 2014, Americans continue to lose confidence in newspapers, TV, and current internet news.
Americans' faith in each of three major news media platforms -- television news, newspapers, and news on the Internet -- is at or tied with record lows in Gallup's long-standing confidence in institutions trend. This continues a decades-long decline in the share of Americans saying they have "a great deal" or "quite a lot" of confidence in newspapers or TV news, while trust in Internet news remains low since the one prior measure in 1999.
Gallup finds website-only, data-driven sources aren't driving up confidence.
Over the past year, the Internet has seen the acceleration of website-only news sources that focus on empirical, data-driven analysis, including Ezra Klein's Vox website or the relaunching of Nate Silver's FiveThirtyEight site. But this quantitative approach to telling the news has not, in of itself, persuaded the major ideologies to express strong confidence in news from the Internet.
One of our driving forces in building CrowdNews to help restore the confidence in news. By creating a direct connection between the audience and the journalist, we create a new dynamic of trust.
CrowdNews journalists are responsible directly to the audience that supports their work. CrowdNews journalists build their own reputations and must earn the confidence and trust of their audience.