Research suggests youth make active choices about how they use and respond to media. Yet publicly available information outlining patterns of youth media consumption and how content is perceived - especially in relation to reporting of issues of pertinence to youth - is limited. Using an online survey of 2296 Australians aged 16-24, we measured news media consumption and perceptions of reporting on illicit drugs. The study concluded that Australian youth are not 'deserting' news media; indeed, they have regular contact with news media. However, youth regard mainstream news as lacking credibility.