Events Calendar

Trust, Credibility and the News Panel Discussion

Tuesday, 24 October, 2017

Recent poll show “trust” and “confidence” in the media drifts below 50 percent. A poll by Reuters/Ipsos, released on Oct. 3, found 48 percent of adults surveyed said they had a “great deal” or “some” confidence in the press. A USA Today/Suffolk University poll, published June 29, found that 36 percent of respondents “said they approve of the mainstream media” with 50 percent saying they “disapprove of the press.” In a Gallup poll published April 5 of this year, 62 percent of U.S. adults surveyed said the media favors a political party (Of those who perceive political bias in the news, 64 percent believe the media favors the Democratic Party).

Unfortunately for the news media, these numbers are not new. Gallup polls going back to the 1990s show a perceived bias in the news media, however perception of media bias has become more pronounced in recent years.

Area journalists and editors will join with representatives from academia to discuss the state and perception of news coverage at a free, public Town Hall Panel Discussion on Tuesday, Oct. 24, at 7 p.m. in the Kane Forum of Leahy Hall.

Panelists Larry Holeva, executive editor of The Times-TribuneCitizens’ Voice and Standard-
; Dave Bohman, investigative reporter at WNEP-TV; Matthew Reavy, Ph.D., associate professor of communication at The University of Scranton; and Steven DePrimo, managing editor of the University’s student newspaper The Aquinas, will discuss “Trust, Credibility and the News.” Mark Cohen, president of the Pennsylvania News Media Association, the Pennsylvania News Media Association Foundation and MANSI Media, will moderate the discussion.

The event is sponsored by the Pennsylvania News Media Association, The Times-Tribune and the Department of Communication at The University of Scranton.


Stan Zygmunt

Phone: 570-941-7662

Edward R. Leahy Jr. Hall, The Kane Forum

237 Jefferson Avenue
Scranton, PA 18510