The American Journalist Under Attack: 
Media, Trust, and Democracy

2022 National Survey of the U.S. Journalism Profession

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The 2022 American Journalist Study

The 2022 American Journalist study is conducted by Lars Willnat, John Ben Snow Research Professor at Syracuse University’s Newhouse School, in collaboration with Indiana University colleagues, emeritus professors David H. Weaver and Cleve Wilhoit. It builds on national surveys of U.S. journalists in the last five decades, beginning with John Johnstone and his colleagues at the University of Illinois in 1971 and moving east to Bloomington, Indiana, where Weaver and Wilhoit and their colleagues at Indiana University conducted similar studies in 1982, 1992, 2002, and 2013.

This 2022 survey updates the findings of these previous studies, especially the most recent survey of 2013 reported in the book, The American Journalist in the Digital Age, and asks new questions about the impact of social media in the newsroom, the role of the U.S. media in the future of democracy in the United States, and the growing number of threats that journalists have received in recent years. It is supported by the S.I Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University and the John Ben Snow Foundation

Download Key Findings of the 2022 American Journalist study here.

Research Updates

The American Journalist study

at the Annual Conference of the International Communication Association, Paris, 2022

Our paper "The American Journalist Under Attack: Media, Trust, And Democracy" has been selected for presentation at the 72nd Annual ICA Conference, One World, One Network, to be held on 26-30 May, 2022. 

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