Hey, Seattle: What makes you trust the news you read?

Less than a third of Americans say they have a “great deal” or “a fair amount” of trust in the media, according to a Gallup poll from last September. That’s the lowest that number’s been since 1972, when Gallup started the poll.

So what makes you trust that information you’re reading? How do you know what to believe — especially now?

These are critical questions right now for both journalists and the public. You all need to rely on information to know your place in your world, and we, as journalists at The Evergrey, need to earn and keep your trust to help you find your place in this city.

That’s why we’re excited to help out the Reynolds Journalism Institute with their research into what makes people trust or distrust the media.

Got a few minutes? Here’s a short 10-question survey you can fill out if you’re interested in helping us learn more about how news organizations can do a better job of building trust with their audiences.

And if you’re curious about the kind of conversations going on about trust in media, here are some interesting articles to check out:

  • Librarians take up arms against fake news (The Seattle Times)
  • More facts, fewer pundits: Here’s how the media can regain the public’s trust (The Washington Post)
  • Why Nobody Cares the President is Lying (The New York Times)
  • Marketplace doesn’t “believe in the view from nowhere,” but still fired a reporter over a blog post (Nieman Lab)
  • A conversation between Michael Wolff, the Hollywood Reporter columnist, and CNN “Reliable Sources” host Brian Stelter (CNN)