Tuesday, March 23, 2021

We're Looking for Right-Leaning Views on the News

Do you consider yourself to be someone who leans right politically?

Do you like to answer survey questions?

Do you have opinions about journalism in general and local news in particular?

Then have I got a survey for you.

The Mercury has partnered with the group Trusting News and the Center for Media Engagement to survey and interview our right-leaning readers.
Trusting News is an arm of the American Press Institute and the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute and has dubbed the project  "Re-Engaging the Right." You can read more about the project here. 

Gallup poll undertaken last year indicates only about 10 percent of Republicans trust the news. The inability to have a common set of facts on which political debate can occur is said by many to be contributing to the deep political divide now evident  in the nation.

Judging by the Mercury's Facebook page and other feedback we get, there is no shortage of folks in the area who believe news coverage is skewed against right-leaning viewpoints. Or, in other words, that the media tends to favor the left in its coverage.

We want to hear from you about how you arrived at that view.

And although this is a nationwide project, what we learn will help us to better provide local news the entire community can trust.

Your participation also will help us and the wider journalism industry better understand and reflect your views. 

Click on this link to take a survey and sign up to be interviewed. If you’re selected to be interviewed, you’ll get a $25 gift card.

If you have questions, feel free to email me at ebrandt@pottsmerc.com or on Twitter @PottstownNews.

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