A study, which is part of Knight Foundation's Trust, Media and Democracy initiative with Gallup, probes Americans' perceptions and assessments of local media in depth.
The study reveals that Americans mostly believe local news media are doing a good job performing many of their democratic roles and responsibilities.
Partisanship has become helpful for people to evaluate not just national news organizations like CNN and Fox News, but also their local newspaper or TV station. The study finds that Democrats are more likely than Republicans to trust local news to perform their roles, but there is a wide gap when it comes to getting the facts right.
The study findings present a dilemma for local news. The data suggest that "moving into more aggressive coverage of social and political issues could further polarize views - and possibly lead to an erosion of trust."
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