Foundations of journalism: a large majority of French people still support information

Newsstand in Paris, March 14, 2017. AFP - JACQUES DEMARTHON

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The 16th International Conference of Journalism is being held this week in Tours, from March 27 to April 1. On this occasion, RFI is a partner in a study conducted by Viavoice on a general public sample of 1,001 people representative of the population over 18 years of age. This survey focuses more particularly on the taste for information.


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The first lesson of this study is that 84% of respondents believe that journalism is a useful profession and institution. But that's a six-point drop. This is the lowest score since the launch of this barometer.

Seven out of 10 French people get information at least once a day. Their primary interest is national information, including social issues, health and news items, in the face of the climate emergency or the economy. Carried out in March, in the middle of the debate on pension reform, the study indicates that what is desired is useful, clear and verified information.

Give keys to form an opinion

The French do not want it to go in their direction, or against what they think, but to give them the keys to form their own opinion. Finally, respondents regret that information is sometimes relayed too quickly, that it is repeated and that it is too anxiety-provoking.

But it is sometimes difficult for journalists and media to be light, in a context marked by the health crisis, climate change or the war in Ukraine.

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