We wanted to know how much you, our readers, trusted the news media. And you sure had thoughts. In just three days, more than 2,000 of you answered our survey, sending us your (strong) opinions.

The responses came from all around Minnesota and from your winter homes (or new homes) in Arizona, California and Florida. One respondent even left a German postal code.

The key question we asked was how you decide which news sources are credible. Your answers ranged from critical to glowing. Some were harsh; others were funny. But most of you took the time to give thoughtful and heartfelt answers. And about half of you indicated that you’d be willing to meet up and talk with us further about trust and the media. Meeting with hundreds of people wasn’t possible, but we did have productive one-on-one discussions with some of you. Thank you!

Here are some highlights from your written responses.

From John: “I appreciate a fair debate with opposing views. [Take] the high road. No verbal bomb throwers.”

From Monica: “You need to read multiple news sources. ... I have no expectation that any one news source will be totally accurate 100 percent of the time. ... News should encourage people to think and talk to others, not tell us what to think.”

This project was done in concert with the Reynolds Journalism Institute and Joy Mayer, who have teamed up to investigate trust in the news media on a larger scale. Her work, giving insights and summarizing the results of this project and others like it from other newsrooms, will be out later this year.

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