Whether you love or hate our current administration, the highly-contentious state of our nation makes keeping up with the news a must. In the days before the proliferation of internet publications and cable news networks, this often meant picking up a local paper or tuning in to the news at 10. However, now that there are endless sources that claim credibility cluttering up your newsfeed, it can be hard to know which ones to trust.
In an effort to help you cut through the confusion, we polled your fellow Crowdtap members on their go-to news sources and news acquisition habits. Read on for the results.
To start off, we asked members how many of them regularly keep up with the news cycle. The results were pretty impressive: 73% of members responded in the affirmative. Good job being informed citizens, y’all! We always knew Crowdtap members were smarties.
We then queried these specific members on where they turn for their daily updates. TV news was king, with 38% of members citing it as their main news source. Websites affiliated with print publications followed with 23% of the vote. Third place was a tie between two categories of questionable credibility: Social media conversations and Sites not affiliated with major news sources (13% each.)
When it came to the specifics of your favorite print publications, USA Today garnered almost a quarter of the vote (24%), while local papers came in a close second (21%.) While it was no surprise that respected pubs like The New York Times (16%), Washington Post (11%), and Wall Street Journal (6%) gathered good portions of the vote, we were shocked to find that employee faves like the New Yorker, Slate, and the Atlantic weren’t at all popular with our members (0% across the board.)
Now, on to how much you actually trust what you’re reading! A skeptical bunch, only 11% of respondents stated they fully trust their news sources to be fair and balanced. The most votes were cast for trusting only half of what you hear (18%), even when selecting your own news source. We like that you’re discerning like that! However, when it came to the depth with which you read news articles, most of you admitted that you didn’t usually dive too deep. Only a quarter of you read articles all the way through, while the majority (36%) skim till the end. Significant percentages also admitted to just skimming the first paragraph or just going by the headline (16% and 20%, respectively.)
What do you think of your fellow members news habits? Wish you could be as up-to-date or frustrated others aren’t as thorough as you are? Let us know in the comments below!