We hear about the public’s trust in the press eroding, but according to a recent survey from the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute, people still prefer to get their news from professional journalists. While digital platforms and user-generated content continue to make inroads into how people get their news, apparently the filter of a reputable journalist is still important.

While almost 63 percent of the respondents said that they prefer news from professionals, about 60 percent said that they would not prefer to get their news from friends that they trust. Over half (60.6 percent) said that news is news and it didn’t matter who produced it.

When it came to mainstream media, only 37 percent of the people said that they trust it, with 32 percent neutral and 31.1 percent saying that they do not trust it. Trust was higher among women and people who get their news from network television. The majority of the Fox News audience distrusted mainstream media, while CNN had the most ambivalent audience, with 41 percent saying that they neither trust nor distrust.

Mobile users who get their news on the road showed a close correspondence to the overall levels of trust, except that a large majority were twice as likely to prefer CNN over other networks. This may be due to the network’s affinity for mobile apps.

News without advertising – a paid subscription model – is still an uphill battle for news producers. Less than a quarter of the respondents were likely to pay extra to receive their news without advertising.