Local professor sees more students distrusting media

By Amy Cherry/Allan Loudell 3:46pm, January 18, 2013 - Updated 4:48pm, January 18, 2013
Dr. Lydia Timmins, UD communications professor
Media cynicism is growing in the classroom.

University of Delaware communications professor Dr. Lydia Timmins sees it first-hand.

She penned a column on the subject on the Radio Television Digital News Association's web site.

"When students were like, 'Oh yeah, the news is biased.' Really? I was surprised. 'Oh well, it's Fox and MSNBC,' and it turns out, they don't actually watch those channels, but they've heard that all the media is biased. So they're not making their own decisions. They're just making their own assumptions and dismissing journalism as not being fair and accurate - the things that we all, as longtime journalists, think that we are or at least aspire to be," explains Timmins.

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The paradox lies in that these are communications students, many who want to be reporters, and more who just want to be on television.

She attributes part of the growing distrust for the medial to the other media the students are consuming.

"There's this constant feeling that everyone is out to punk you or Catfish, or all these things you have to be careful that someone's not out trying to cheat you or fool you, and I think they lump news and journalism in with the rest of the media who are trying to fool you," explains Timmins.

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Check out her article by visiting RTDNA.org.




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