Blog: Pew report on local news echoes our survey
Traditional news media were found to be the major source of local news in a
new study released Jan. 11. The finding is in line with results from the First Amendment Center's 2009
State of the First Amendment survey on where the public turns for reports on
major news developments.
The Pew Research Center’s Project
for Excellence in Journalism reported that a study of 53 news outlets from
July 19-25, 2009, found that newspapers and their Web sites provided 61% of
original local stories and updates. Local TV stations and their Web sites
accounted for 28% and radio stations and their Web sites provided 7%.
Internet-only news operations provided 4% of local news and updates.
In a 2009 State of the First Amendment survey released on Sept. 16,
television was the first source for major news stories for about half of all
responding (49%), followed by the Internet at 15%, radio at 13% and newspapers
at 10% — which places traditional news media (TV, radio and newspapers) as the
first source for 72% of Americans. Twitter, e-mails and social-networking sites
each were named by 1% of those responding.
Similarly, for 48% of Americans TV is the primary source for followup reports
on those news stories, followed by the Internet at 29% and newspapers at 9%.