Ways to Get the News: Print, Online, and Steven Colbert

A News Survey of UO Student

by Jason Bernert

With the news stories breaking over different forms of media, University of Oregon students read newspapers, watch television, and peruse the internet to stay up to date on current events.

A recent survey of 10 juniors and seniors at the UO campus asked questions about the percent of media consumption. Though online news was found to be the prominent source in almost all the students surveyed, prints journalism still made its way into the hands of the students.

Ninety percent of students go to the web for their news while only 50 percentpick a newspaper. Though the means of getting the news may be through different media, the news source tends to be the same. The New York Times was read by 90 percent of the students surveyed, whether it was online or in print.

The Oregon Daily Emerald, The Oregonian, and The Register Guard are highly read by read in print by upper classmen. For online news, students check MSNBC, CNN, and the BBC. Though students will read the news, they still have speculation on how it is presented.

“It depends on the source,” said Jennifer Meek in terms of journalistic bias. “I feel as though most national news sources have a bias.”

Ten percent of students believe that news stories get the facts straight and don’t have a bias. The remaining students believe that stories leave out facts or can be one-sided.

If students are skeptical about news source and its legitimacy, then how do students know a journalist to be legitimate? Juniors and seniors were also asked who, of the following, they considered to be a journalist: Stephen Colbert, Glenn Beck, Rachel Maddow, Ann Curry. All students could only comment on Steven Colbert and only one believe him to be a journalist.

“I see Colbert as more of an entertainer than a journalist,” said Ryan Castro, an anthropology major. “I don’t watch The Colbert Show to get the news; I watch it because it’s funny.”

Students may not be able to comment on journalists on a national scale, but when it comes to the local news, it is easier to find an opinion. Students were asked who they would trust more when reading conflicting stories of UO students, The Register Guard or the Oregon Daily Emerald. Half of the students in the survey would trust the Emerald, 30 percent would trust The Register Guard, and the rest were undecided. Students believe that since the Emerald is on campus and run by students it has a more accurate insight on campus events.

“It all depends what you read and what you are looking for,” said Sharene Nanne.

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