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This week’s topic: “Who do you trust for information?”
This week we want to highlight Austin’s most trusted sources of information. Each day we will ask about different possible sources of information. The next day we will let you all know the source that got the most votes.
Walter Cronkite was called “The most trusted man in America” during his 2009 Eulogy.
Fox News claims to be “The most trusted name in News.”
A Time Magazine 2009 poll claims, “Jon Stewart has emerged as America’s most trusted news anchor.”
In search of the most trusted person in America
FRIDAY, 24 JULY 2009 14:38
BY RICHARD A. LEE
THE HALL INSTITUTE - COMMENTARY
After Walter Cronkite passed away last week, I started wondering who would succeed the former CBS Evening News anchor as the most trusted man in America – a label that evolved from a 1980 magazine poll and stuck with him until his death.
In today's environment, it is hard to imagine that any journalist would be regarded as the most trusted person in America. We live in a polarized nation: The left criticizes the right, the right criticizes the left, and both sides blame the press as often as possible.
"The public retained a deep skepticism about what they see, hear and read in the media. No major news outlet – broadcast or cable, print or online – stood out as particularly credible. There was no indication that Americans altered their fundamental judgment that the news media are politically biased, that stories are often inaccurate and that journalists do not care about the people they report on."
If the PEW study's assessment of public opinion about the media is accurate, then the most trusted person in America today is not likely to be found in the world of journalism. Where then will we find him or her?
GALLOP: Who Do You Trust?
Austin Media Resources
Not sure where to get your scoop in Austin? Here are two compilations of Austin local news media outlets with handy hyperlinks.
Meta Media – Local Edition
Here are the results of the Austin Chronicle’s Best of Austin 2009 Reader’s Poll – Media Category. What’s your favorite TV station? Radio Station? Blog? Who is your favorite journalist, photographer, anchor, reporter, deejay and muckraker? Do you agree with the choices your fellow Austinites have made? http://www.austinchronicle.com/gyrobase/Awards/BestOfAustin?Year=2009&BOACategory=Media&Poll=Readers
Ride On, Blog On, Austin!
Two of Austin’s own bloggers occupy the top spots on NetworkedBlogs’ list of the Top 50 Blogs in Transportation. Check out what local transportation bloggers have to say about Austin and other U.S. cities.
Some of Austin’s organizations following transportation issues:
Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce
Alliance for Public Transportation
Downtown Austin Alliance
Light Rail Now
Austin Citizens for Personal Rapid Transit
The Rag Blog
Bus Riders Union
Citizens on Sustainable Transportation
League of Bicycle Voters
This program provides lessons learned from transportation industry applications of social networking tools across the country. Hosted by Brian Kennedy. Discussion leaders are RTD's Pauletta Tonilas (Denver), Jim Allison with BART (San Francisco), and L.A. METRO's Jody Litvak.
What do you think?
What is your favorite Austin news source?
What do you think?
The Evolution of News Posited
How do we get enough journalism for our community? What is the new business model for news? What does a hyper-local network look like? Who are today’s editors of news? Who are the tastemakers, the filters and influencers of local news and how can we build them into an updated network of news dissemination? These questions and more are posited in this panel discussion at the 2009 Digital, Life, Design Convergence Conference.
Did You Know? 4.0 – Media Convergence
A surge of new technologies and social media innovations is altering the media landscape. Convergence is everywhere. It’s easier than ever to reach a large audience, but harder than ever to really connect with it. These changes are affecting the way people behave. Are you ready for the future?