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September 15, 2010

Pew survey: Digital, traditional platforms combine to increase overall news consumption

Good news for news—Americans are spending more time with it than they have since the mid-1990s, and new technologies are not so much replacing traditional news platforms as supplementing them.

That’s per a newly released biennial news consumption survey from the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press. The survey found while Americans are consuming more news digitally, they’re integrating the new sources into their regular diet, leaving news consumption from traditional platforms stable.

For instance, in 2000 those surveyed spent 57 minutes a day on average getting news from TV, radio or newspapers. Now, they’re spending 70 minutes—and that doesn’t even count time spent getting news on cell phones or other digital devices.

Traditional sources remain the sole source of news for 39% of those surveyed, but nearly as many, 36%  got their news from both online and traditional sources. About 9% got their news via online and mobile and didn’t use traditional sources at all.

The group that showed the largest rise in time spent with the news in the last few years are the highly educated (up to 96 minutes). The survey noted a smaller rise in consumption for those ages 30-64, while older and younger age groups showed no increase. The 30-somethings were the only group to get the majority of their news digitally.

Among the other major findings of the extensive report:

  • Print newspaper decline is only partially offset by online readership. Even counting all online newspaper readership (although not news aggregators or search engines), 37% of Americans report getting news from newspapers the day before, down from 43% in 2006.
  • Cable news audiences are in flux, with the proportions watching CNN, MSNBC and CNBC slipping substantially from two years ago.
  • Ideology continues to be closely associated with people’s choice of certain news sources, and partisan gaps in media credibility continue to grow.
  • Half of men get news on digital platforms, compared to just 39% of women.
  • The percentage of so-called news grazers—those who get news only “from time to time”—jumped from 48% to 57% since 2006.
  • Search engines are increasingly key. A third use them regularly to get news, up from 19% just two years ago.

Read the full report here (PDF).

January 06, 2011

Net now top news source for under-30s, per Pew

The Internet has now become the main source of news for under-30s, according to a survey conducted in December by The Pew Research Center for the People & the Press. And it’s closing the gap for all Americans, partly because of the ongoing decline of TV news and newspaper audiences, the December survey found.

Two-thirds of 18-29-year-olds call the Internet their news home, almost double the percent from just three years before. For this generation, TV has dropped as primary news vehicle from 68% to 52% (respondents volunteered up to two news sources, so totals can add up to over 100%). Pew also said that Internet news is on track within a few years to bump TV news from the top spot for 30-49-year-olds. And its use has grown to the same level as newspapers for those ages 50 to 64.

Among all Americans, 41% said the Internet was where they got their national and international news, unchanged from two years ago. That leaves TV in the No. 1 spot, but its audience decline is steep. As recently as 2002, TV was the go-to news source for 82% of Americans. In the most recent poll, it’s down to 66%. Newspapers, meanwhile, have dropped from 50% in 2003 to just 31% in 2010. Radio remains relatively stable at 16%.

The study also details how demographics, education and wealth affect the news blend for Americans. For instance, those living in the West of the country are most likely to turn to the Internet, while college grads and those with higher household incomes are about as likely to get their news from the Internet as from TV.

Get the full details on the study (PDF), along with graphs charting main news sources by age.

August 30, 2012

RTNDA/Gannett award for innovative community watchdog journalism

The Radio Television Digital News Association is teaming with the Gannett Foundation to offer a $5000 prize recognizing groundbreaking TV, radio, or online watchdog journalism that creatively uses digital tools. Special consideration is given to journalism that helps a community understand and address important issues…

Criteria for evaluating innovation include interactivity, creation of new tools, innovative adaptation of existing tools, and creative use of any digital medium. An entry can consist of a single story, series or package on a single subject.

Each entry must have appeared between January 1, 2011 and December 31, 2011. Audio or video entries must not exceed 15 minutes. Print-only work is not eligible.

Learn more and enter now
Deadline: September 24