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HBCU Students Trust The Media Less Than PWI Students

A new study shows that students who attend HBCUs are less likely to trust the media than students at other colleges reports Chronicle:

Seventy-three percent of students at historically black colleges and universities do not trust the news media to accurately report the news, according to the results of a survey released on Thursday.

The survey also found that 56 percent of HBCU students believe that student protesters should be able to prevent reporters from covering campus demonstrations. Nationally, only 28 percent of college students said the same.

Conducted by Gallup, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, and the Newseum Institute, the survey followed up on an earlier one from April aimed at all American college students. Both reports are part of a broader effort by the Knight Foundation to better understand how college students view the First Amendment.

In the latest survey, about half of students, both at historically black colleges and nationally, said freedom of speech is stronger than it was 20 years ago. Yet a majority of African-American students said they believe the right to assemble peacefully is threatened.

HBCU students paid much more attention to the protests over racial concerns on campuses last fall, according to the survey. Forty-three percent reported that they had heard or read a great deal about the protests. By comparison, 25 percent of all American college students said they had heard or read a great deal.

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