As you read this blog and watch this video online, you’re digesting your news on the third-most-popular news platform: the Internet, a new study shows.
For news consumers, the Internet ranks ahead of national print newspapers, local print newspapers and radio, but behind local and national television news, the study released Monday shows.
The “Understanding the Participatory News Consumer” survey also showed that 59 percent of Americans typically get their news from a combination of online and offline sources
The study was conducted jointly by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project and the Project for Excellence in Journalism. We spoke with Lee Rainie, one of the authors, at his Washington office.
Watch the full discussion:
Rainie told us the modern news consumer is using multiple devices — both online and offline — throughout the day to stay informed. They are starting to participate more in news gathering and commentary, and are becoming part of the dissemination process by sharing news with their social networks.