“We have a problem”

The lack of public trust in journalism is something that concerns both the media and citizens worldwide. The dependence on economic and political influences, the phenomena of manipulation, (self) censorship, and the belief in a lack of objectivity are part of a wider debate. This debate seems to have become increasingly pronounced in recent years, highlighting the problem of trust in the relationship between citizens – and journalists themselves – and journalism.

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On the occasion of the results of two surveys – conducted by iMEdD in cooperation with the Public Opinion and Market Research Unit of the Research University Institute of the University of Macedonia – presented at iMEdD’s International Journalism Week on public/journalist trust in journalism, journalists and researchers participating in the International Journalism Week report on this complex issue and comment on:

– the growing crisis of public and journalists’ trust in journalism

– how this lack of trust can affect the sustainability of the media

– possible ways of regaining trust in the media

– whether journalists are part of the elite

– the dimensions of the dependence of journalism and the media on economic and political interests


George Siakas (Research Director at the Public Opinion Research Unit of the UoM Research Institute Assistant Professor – Department of Political Science DUTh)

Laura Saarikoski (Editor-in-Chief, Helsingin Sanomat)

Nektaria Stamouli (Politico Europe Correspondent, Foreign Affairs Reporter ANA, President of the Foreign Press Association)

Catherine Gicheru (ICFJ fellow/Director, African Women Journalism Project)

David Kaplan (Executive Director of the Global Investigative Journalism Network).

Jennifer Athanasiou-Prins (Contracts & Partner Lead at the European Press Prize)

Sanne Schim van der Loeff (Managing Director, ARENA for Journalism in Europe)


Production: iMEdD

Director/Producer: Phoebe Fronista

Director of Photography: Stamos Prousalis

Cinematography: Anko Films

Additional cinematography: View Master Films

Editor: Yorgos Kolios-Tsirogiannis