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More Americans following the news now than 10 years ago, Pew study says



Whether you call it News 3.0 or a new era, the way people in the United States get their news has changed, thanks to new technologies and digital platforms, resulting in a "new participatory culture for news," according to results from the latest biennial survey on news consumption from the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press, said the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism.

Survey data shows Americans are spending more time following the news than they have for the past decade, and more than ever they are supplementing -- rather than replacing -- their newspapers and television news shows with news from the Internet. About the same proportion of people are getting their news from traditional platforms, like newspapers, television and radio, and additionally more people also are getting their news online or through a mobile source.

That means "instead of replacing traditional news platforms, Americans are increasingly integrating new technologies into their news consumption habits...The net impact of digital platforms supplementing traditional sources is that Americans are spending more time with the news than was the case a decade ago," the survey report said.

Still, more people are getting their news from the Internet or mobile device than they are are from printed newspapers, the study showed.

News consumption via social network sites also was up, nearly twice as much as two years ago, to 19 percent of respondents who said they "regularly" or "sometimes" get their news from such sites. Twitter, however, still has a relatively small reach, with only 3 percent of respondents saying they use the microblog to regularly or sometimes get news.

The Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life and the Project for Excellence in Journalism conducted a similar study earlier this year where they found that more than 90 percent of people in the United States use multiple platforms to get their daily news.


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1 comment

 
Ed @ Indiana Online Health wrote 3 years 31 weeks ago

International

International news is now much closer-followed. Whether it's events in Iran or Mexico, there's no doubt that Americans are much more informed.

Of course, there are so many more avenues to get current information no matter where you are.

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