Internet changes news consumption landscape

If you are like the overwhelming majority of Americans, you are likely to read or hear about this story again on TV, the radio, newspapers, and other Internet sites. A recent survey found that 92 percent of Americans get their daily news from multiple sources. The Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism report, released Monday, finds that the Internet is now the third most popular news medium, trailing behind local and national television but ahead of newspapers and radio broadcasts. Almost two-thirds (59 percent) people get news from both online and offline sources, according to the report. People who get daily news from a single source account for a very small amount, according to the report. It also found that only 7 percent of adult Americans rely only on the Internet or local TV for their daily news. However, when it comes to the Internet, the report finds that 57 percent of Americans tend to have between two to five favorite Web sites where they get daily news. According to the report, 61 percent of Americans go online at least once a day to read news and 71 percent read online news at least occasionally. The Internet hasn’t become just another medium for news consumption; it has also changed how people interact with news. The report found that 33 percent of cell phone owners now access news from their phone and that 28 percent of Internet users have customized their home page to show news topics of their interest. It also found that 37 percent of users have contributed by leaving comments or disseminating what they’ve read via e-mail and social Web site such as Twitter or Facebook.


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