News sources

What media sources do you use for news? How reliable are those sources? What media sources do you think other college students use for news? How reliable are those sources?



  1. I use local news and CNN for my news. I feel their sources are very reliable because they actually interview their sources and you get to hear from the source itself. Plus, I think since I’m a journalism major, I tend to watch news with creditable sources. Even in print, you can see what source said what and who they are. So, if you ever question if a source did that interview, you can contact that source and find out for yourself. For college students in general, many of them use blogs and shows like the Colbert Show for their source of news. With blogs, you can’t really tell if their sources are creditable because they usually get their stories from other sources, but add their own little twist to it. Shows like the Colbert Show makes fun of certain news events with minor to no sources in them. It’s understandable because most college students don’t want to watch boring news, they want something that’s interesting and appealing to them.

    Comment by lamarhreporter — October 25, 2009 @ 9:26 pm

  2. Personally, I get my news from all over. I like to watch CNN and MSNBC, while I would prefer to read the Chicago Tribune or USA Today. I like to believe that all of these news sources are creditable and fair. They may slant to one side, but all news sources tend to. As for other college students, I don’t think they even pick up newspaper, besides their college one, even if they pick up that. Most college students aren’t getting their daily dose of news, unless they are told about something in one of their classes. To some college students news is celebrity news. While others may use shows such as Chelsea Lately and The Daily Show with John Stewart or the Colbert Report to get their dose of news. Most wouldn’t want to pick up a paper or go online to read about the world when they could watch a funny guy making fun of stories with his own opinion. Yes, this may be entertaining but people shouldn’t use it as their only source of news.

    Comment by Kristin Jording — October 25, 2009 @ 10:00 pm

  3. The media sources used for news mainly cosist of television and news programming and radio, and newsprint. These sources are definitely reliable means for information and should be utilized by everyone, not just reporters and business people. College students however usually go off of word-of-mouth, internet articles, and other publications. These sources are far less reliable and most of the time, very inaccurate.

    Comment by kaitlin sullivan — October 26, 2009 @ 10:51 am

  4. I used to get my news from CNN and MSNBC when I was in high school. Those stations are known to lean more toward liberal views when reporting over their stories (even though news is supposed to be unbiased). I mostly get my information from the Daily Eastern News now, and I usually glimpe at the Chicago Tribune and USA Today newspapers located around campus. Chicago Tribune and USA Today are considered reliable sources to me based on the fact that they have been around for so long and use more experienced journalists. The DEN is OK for local campus news, but I feel as if they have an unequal representation of the school population. The DEN can do a better job at reaching more individual and unique groups and representing them to students.

    My friends get some of their news from The Colbert Report on Comedy Central and a satirical website called, which does parodies of news related topics. These aren’t really reliable because they consist of people’s own opinions about news topics and don’t actually cover the stories themselves. One of my friends gets his information from MSNBC, while my other friend gets his from Fox News, which is more conservative. The conflicting sources that my friends receive cause them to disagree about a lot of the issues going on in the world, so I wouldn’t really count news stations such as those as reliable since there are biases and personal opinions found in those reports.

    Comment by Alesha Bailey — October 26, 2009 @ 8:09 pm

  5. I use the Chicago Tribune and ABC news. I also like to look on the internet on Newsweek for news as well. I find these sources for the most part reliable. I think most college students use the media and TV as a source for their news. I don’t think these sources are as reliable. Entertainment and media sources are not as reliable as hard hitting newspapers or TV.

    Comment by slbilharz — October 27, 2009 @ 12:37 pm

  6. To get my news I read the Chicago Tribune, and usually watch Fox news and CNN. I also get my news online from different news papers websites. I tend to find myself getting most of mews online because it is the most convenient for me since I am always near a computer. I would like to believe that all my news sources are credible and reliable. I like to read well-known newspapers and I would hope that they have high standards for their news. I think college students don’t read reliable news. I know for some of my friends the most news they read in a day is what is on Yahoos homepage. That is not news, it is more feature news. I would like to think some college students on campus at least read the DEN but I am not even sure they do that. I think it is unfortunate that student’s and young adults do not really care what is going on in the world around them unless it involves their favorite celebrity.

    Comment by Beth Steele — October 28, 2009 @ 10:34 am

  7. I watch the news on TV few times a day. I have cable news on whenever I am in my room because I am always interested in what is happening around the world. I also like to read various websites online to find out more about politics, I like to visit Politico. It is a very interesting website when it comes to news from DC. To learn what is going on at Eastern I read The Daily Eastern News everyday and I also look at their website. I believe all those media outlets are reliable news source. I don’t like to call Colbert Report, The Daily Show and others a like news outlets. All these programs are comedy, yes the talk about what happened in the news but they always try to make it satirical. These programs cannot be the ones only news source. You need to read the newspaper and watch the evening new to find out what is really going on around the world.

    Comment by Michael Stopka — October 28, 2009 @ 1:59 pm

  8. I am a huge fan of using the internet for information. I am constantly looking on CNN’s or Chicago Tribunes website for information. These sources are very reliable. As opposed to websites like Wikipedia, they are unreliable. Although very well known newspaper companies websites are what i trust and use. I also rely a lot on TV, radio and newspapers themselves. I have a lot of trust in these companies because they promote the right news and have promoted the right news for very long now. I think that some college students use The Daily Show and other not as reliable sources for news. Sources such as those, are not reliable.

    Comment by Colleen — October 30, 2009 @ 3:13 pm

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