The verdict from the Pew Research Center’s biennial study media attitudes: News organizations could stand to cover more important stories.

When asked what news is “fit to report on,” 65 percent of respondents said the media focuses on “unimportant” stories; 28 percent said it focuses on “important” ones. The Pew study is based on interviews conducted from July 17 through July 21, which means that it came after:

• The Jodi Arias trial; and

• The poop cruise.

Erik Wemple writes the Erik Wemple blog, where he reports and opines on media organizations of all sorts.