The Pew Forum:
The decline in public views about journalists’ contribution to society since 2009 is more pronounced among women than men. Roughly three-in-ten women (29%) say journalists contribute a lot to society’s well-being, down 17 percentage points from 46% in 2009. Men’s views on this are about the same today as they were in 2009.Though journalists were viewed most favorably by Democrats (36%) there was still a drop of 10% favorability from 2009 (46%). It seems that the public at large has noticed the lack of journalistic competence and contribution during the Obama administration years. Every segment of society now sees the contribution by journalists to society's well-being as minimal.
The decline in the perceived contribution of journalists cuts across partisan leanings, age and education level. Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents as well as Republicans and Republican-leaning independents all are less likely to say journalists contribute a lot to society’s well-being today (down 8 points among Republicans/leaning Republicans and 10 points among Democrats/leaning Democrats).
It's not just the digital age that is hurting print journalism. The incompetence and bias of journalists keeps them from turning out a product of significant worth to society.
I'm reminded of a poll conducted September 8, 2008, in which Rasmussen found that "46% of voters say they most trust information about the presidential campaign from family and friends as opposed to 32% who trust the information from news reporters more."
If family and friends (amateurs) do better at giving good information than the professional information gatherers, the problem is at crisis stage. Think of what it would say about the competence of the medical community if 46% of Americans trusted medical advice from family and friends over medical advice from doctors and only 32% trusted their doctor's advice more.