Monday, June 18, 2018

Only 12 percent of public think journalists cover rural people accurately, and only 8 percent of journalists think they do

Only 8 percent of journalists and 12 percent of the public think journalists accurately cover people in rural areas, according to the Media Insight Project, a joint effort of the American Press Institute and the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.

The finding somes on the heels of a poll that found most people living in rural areas don't think urbanites share their values, and that most urbanites probably think likewise of ruralites.

The latest poll also gave low marks to coverage of low-income people and grass-roots political movements.

UPDATE, June 22: At our request, Kevin Loker of API provided more details: People in rural areas are "more likely than people in urban areas to think the coverage of people in rural areas is just slightly or not at all accurate (51% vs 42%). Views of accuracy of people in urban areas are about the same across the urban, suburban and rural populations."

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