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Let’s get the conversation around trust in media unstuck

by | May 21, 2021

Originally published in Poynter

Not everyone sees their values reflected in the news. Here’s how journalists can change that.

Journalists — at least good ones — believe they work on behalf of the public. They’re the watchers on the wall; the chroniclers of the events over the next hill; the protectors of the public’s right to know.

It’s not surprising, then, that news people would think the public shares the values that guide that work.

Is it true? To what extent do journalists, who believe they work in the public’s name, know what the public wants from them?