Internet Surpasses Newspapers as News Source, Second Now Only to TV

By January 09, 2009

“The internet, which emerged this year as a leading source for campaign news, has now surpassed all other media except television as an outlet for national and international news,” says Pew Research. 40 percent of respondents to a December Pew poll got their national and international news primarily online, while 35 percent used newspapers as their main news source. The Web still has a long way to go to catch up to TV, where 70 percent got their news. Internet news grew significantly in the last year. In September 2007, the amount of people who got their news primarily over the Internet was 24 percent. In December 2008, it had reached 40 percent. The study also highlights the reader-end side of the death of print media. In the last seven years, the Internet as primary news source has gone up 27 percent, newspapers have fallen ten percent.

In 2001, 45 percent got their news from newspapers, while only 13 percent did so over the Internet. Between then and now, television has constantly remained around 74 percent, though it had fallen to 70 percent in 2008, its lowest level in the period.

Will TV be to our children what radio was to our grandparents? It seems so, at least according to this report: young people 18 to 29 got their news as much from the Internet as from TV (59 percent for each), though the amount getting news on TV is shrinking, the Internet, growing. In September 2007, the percentages were much different: 68 percent got their news from TV, while only 34 percent did so online.

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