Skip to comments.Internet will soon be top choice to get news in America as it overtakes newspapers for first time
Posted on 03/14/2011 12:50:50 PM PDT by Track9
The rapid growth of smartphones and electronic tablets is making the internet favourite for people seeking news, a report released today said.
News consumption online increased 17 per cent last year from the year before, the project said in its eighth annual State of the News Media survey.
Meanwhile, US local, network and cable television news, newspapers, radio and magazines all lost audience last year, according to the Project for Excellence in Journalism, a research organisation that evaluates and studies the performance of the press. The rapid growth of electronic tablets, such as the iPad, is one of the reasons news consumption online increased 17 per cent last year from the year before
The rapid growth of electronic tablets, such as the iPad, is one of the reasons news consumption online increased 17 per cent last year from the year before
The percentage of people who say they get news online at least three times a week surpassed newspapers for the first time. It was second only to local TV news as the most popular news platform and seems poised to pass that medium, too, project director Tom Rosenstiel said.
Local TV news has been the most popular format since the 1960s, when its growth was largely responsible for the death of afternoon newspapers, he said.
'It was a milestone year,' he said.
People are just becoming accustomed to having the internet available in their pockets on phones or small tablets, he said.
In December, 41 per cent of Americans said they got most of their news about national and international issues on the internet, more than double the 17 per cent who said that a year earlier, the report said.
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I wish posters would carefully choose sources better. There are often alternatives to AP/Reuaters/MSM. But people post the 1st link they see.
Unfortunately we are contributing to the MSM’s continued life in the electronic world, which may ultimately make them more money through ads than their print did.
We don’t WANT to link to AP/etc. Their reporting is propagandistic and there ARE alternatives.
I absolutley agree and need to remember this/ train myself to look for conservative links. You are very right. Thank you.
There is no longer any news. Just information.
Witness this nearby thread:
Al Franken says that Republicans are “coming for the Internet”. It’s easy to put two and two together —
The MSM is losing its grip.
Most Americans are getting their news from the Internet, which is not (currently) controlled by the government.
Al Franken says Republicans are coming for the Internet.
This means that the Democrats are coming for the Internet.
Democrats always telepgraph their moves, by accusing the Republicans of doing the thing the Democrats are planning to do.
Watch for it.
It’s old news by the time the printing presses print it.
Years ago, I used to sit down with the Bible and the newpaper. I would would read the Good News and the bad news. Then along came the internet.
After a while, I realized that all of the newspaper content was either bad news, news with a liberal slant, or advertisements. Even the comics stopped being funny.
For the last ten or so years, all of my news comes through the internet. Most of it from FR. The folks here at FR give me context to be able to interpret the news properly. FR folks effectively sniff out slanted coverage and propaganda and call it what it truly is, namely, barf.
Thanks, FR folks.
LOL... I quit buying the local paper about 15 years ago and dropped all other lying lib rags about 6 years ago.
That’s so true. Just information. Which means a person needs to know an awful lot in order to sort through what is relevant and what is bunk. I see now that even Krauthammer and others have joined the anti-Palin crowed.. there is increasingly fewer people to go to for accurate common sense takes on topics.
Yes, a very helpful rule to know.
Information and opinion is all that ever existed.
The filters are for the freedom lite crowd.
You saw it here first.
There are incredible opportunities arising as the internet grows for the Right to win the information war with the Left - if some enterprising person can step up and make it happen.
That’s a great way to think about it. My father in law used to say, if you can learn to treat everything as simply information, then forming an accurate response is easy. The more I internalized that lesson, the more it helped me, and in many contexts.
Good Man! I learned a long time ago from my Grandad.
He already has. His name is Jim Robinson. ;)
What’s a newspaper?
I guess that’s why I always pause to read what you have to say. When a person gets this lesson, it’s easy to tell when another is letting their personal emotional biases drive their thinking, at which point, you’re learning more about them then the information they’re talking about so it becomes a choice whether to move on.
Amen to that!
I actually read my 1st newspaper today, well not actually read, flipped through it, first time in probably 7-9 years.
I wake up 1 hour each morning to have my coffee and read my "online newspaper....FR". I had 1/2 hour today, the Daily News was on the table (the newspaper I grew up with until we moved to LI, then switched to Newsday).
I flipped through and wound up reading the comics, lol. I wanted to see which one's were still there. I spent most of my time reading those.......and the obits.
It felt very odd "flipping" through pages that rendered my fingers black.
Besides, you can't get the full story, or at least most of the story without reading 3-8 articles.....which FR provides with so many FReeper links.
Thank the good Lord for FR!!!
They come in handy in the new waiting lines. You can do the crosswords and read the comics. The rest is a waste. If you are painting inside or need any kind of cover for a project they work good. Also if you fish or hunt they are handy wrappers. As far as the AP news ,,....well you get the picture.
That falls on receptive ears. Roger that.
I find newspapers useful, as many do around here, but only because we all burn wood to heat our houses.
Guess we better go out like we came in...Free.
additionally, as print journalism goes into oblivion, PRINTED RECORD of history also disappears. The editors have rewritten and entirely deleated hit pieces of journalism (without apology or acknowledgment) and without a written transcript, their dirty work will go unreported.
That’s the goal alright.
My wife brings home old papers from her office. We use them for campfires and occasionally wrapping Dungeness crab.
Oh, and I also used them to insulate our chicken house. ;>)