The Pew Center has released a survey showing fewer people are getting their news on the radio, and more are getting their news online. I'm not sure exactly how I'm supposed to feel about that.
But the most interesting aspect of the survey -- at least to me -- was that people are now more engaged with the news, than they were a decade ago. It says that digital platforms are not necessarily replacing mainstream media, but supplementing them. But the number of "new grazers" -- people who only occasionally pay attention to the news -- is up significantly.
Not surprisingly, the younger you are, the less likely you are to know about the news of the day. And Fox News is the only cable news provider showing an increase in audience, mostly because more Republicans are turning to it.
To the extent that young people are getting the news, it appears that the most influential source is The Daily Show and Colbert Report. That's not surprising. What is is that Pew has now included the two shows under the "news program" banner.
A close second in the "most surprising" category: Most Facebook and Twitter users say they hardly ever or never get news there.
you can get news from facebook or twitter? I thought it was just an excuse to not send emails to people about what I've been doing all day long (not that they care)
Given the choice, I do prefer to watch The Daily Show for TV national news over cable tv networks or even nightly broadcast news. I've found Twitter to be most valuable as a source of breaking news. The bulk of my news comes from radio, though.
After being subjected to a Lada GaGa earworm this morning, I'm about ready to get less 'news' from the radio too.
@bsimon- Oh no! No love for the GaGa, huh? That's sad to hear. Clothing aside, she's pretty great.
I get most of my news from the Internet and then from TV. I read a newspaper only when there is one available in the reception area at the doctor's office. The radio is where I go to listen to music (Sorry).
I watch the PBS NewsHour during the week. I like the format and the fact that they cover any given top story for 10 minutes, as opposed to the 1 to 1-/1/2 minutes it would get on network news.
For me, the disappointment in network news coverage (and even local news to some extent) is noddling on one topic ad nauseam when most of the viewing public has lost interest. Example: Pastor in Florida. Favre's return to Vikings.
The possibility of news I can retrieve via a Google News keyword search is ever expanding. For example, I've been following the stories of a major oil spill in Michigan that happened at the end of July and another in Illinois. Link: http://bit.ly/cz6WAi I haven't heard the major networks talk about either of these.