In September, the Knight Foundation released the results of a poll about public confidence in the news media. Most adults in the survey, including 90 percent of Republicans, said they have lost trust in journalists, citing concerns over accuracy and bias. But, there was a little hope. Nearly 70 percent said that trust can be restored.
Couple this public sentiment with contracting newsrooms, and journalism can feel like a shaky career choice.
Carolyn Nielsen is working to give future journalists confidence. She’s an associate journalism professor at Western Washington University. But she’s also worked in newsrooms, including the Bellingham Herald.