Do Americans Still Get Their News From Traditional Media?

16 September 2010

Newspapers, broadcast media, radio— Are these tools still relevant when it comes to receiving daily news updates? Some argue that traditional media is dead and claim that we’ve moved away from this forum to gravitate towards online media and social media to receive our news.  According to a recent Washington Post article, which discusses findings from a PEW Study called, traditional media is still holding its weight alongside online media.

The article highlights that Americans spend on average 57 minutes getting their news from TV, newspapers, or radio; just as they did in 2000. Can you believe that?  In fact, we spend an additional 13 minutes each day consuming news on the Web. The only thing that has really changed is that Americans have more immediate access to news than ever before.

Where do you get your news from and why? Is it from broadcast, newspapers, radio, Twitter or Facebook? Feel free to comment and let us know!

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One Response to “Do Americans Still Get Their News From Traditional Media?”

  1. Alexandra Reid

    I went through four years of journalism school getting the majority of my news online. It’s much easier to get a broad perspective this way. With four web browsers open (CBC, The Globe and Mail, CNN, and BBC) I get a much better range of information for free than I would subscribing to a daily newspaper. For the most part I don’t search for news on social media sites and blogs, rather I use them to gain an even broader perspective on a particular subject. That is not to say that I don’t find useful information on social media sites and blogs (they can offer wonderful opinions and fresh information) just that I am more suspicious of the accuracy of such information and am more inclined to cross-reference with other news providers.

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