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News biz revenue has shrunk by a third since 2006

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The news business had about $30 billion more revenue in 2006 than it does today, Pew finds. Advertising's percentage of that revenue has shrunk markedly, from 82 percent of news business revenue in 2006 -- before the recession -- to 69 percent today. Money from audience members now accounts for about a quarter of all revenue, Pew says, as it did in its recent State of the News Media report. Rick Edmonds noted that newspapers still account for about 60 percent of the news business' revenue, despite their rough decade.

Retransmission fees have bolstered many TV stations' balance sheets, as has political advertising revenue. That last category may be even more robust in future years after Wednesday's Supreme Court ruling that struck down a limit on campaign contributions.
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Pew: More seniors own tablets or e-readers than smartphones

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About 27 percent of U.S. adults age 65 or older own a tablet or e-reader device while just 18 percent of seniors own a smartphone, according to Pew's new report on seniors' digital habits.

That's the opposite of the pattern seen in all U.S. adults, who own smartphones at a higher rate (55 percent) than tablets or e-readers (43 percent).

All such device use among older adults follows the "elite" patterns seen in the overall adult population, Pew found: More education and higher household income are correlated with higher rates of ownership.

Meanwhile, more seniors embrace the Internet every year, but they continue to lag behind the overall population. Fifty-nine percent of seniors go online, while 86 percent of all U.S. adults do. But higher-income seniors and college-educated seniors go online at about the same rate as the general population.

Just 27 percent of all seniors use social media, compared with 63 percent of all adults, and older women are more likely to use social media than older men are. But they're not tweeting: only 3 percent of all seniors reported using Twitter.



Related: 58% of US adults say they have a smartphone — and other sobering stats from Pew
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Growth in online video news consumption slows

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Despite the recent rapid proliferation of mobile devices, the number of Americans who consume video news online has increased just three percentage points since 2009, from 33 percent to 36 percent in 2013.

An uncertain future for news video on the Web is a key finding in Pew Research Center's annual State of the News Media report released this morning.

Overall, the number of U.S. adults who view any online video has increased about 20 percent since 2009, before the iPad was introduced, while the number of U.S. adults who view online news video increased just 9 percent. That 9 percent growth over four years represents a significant slowdown from the 27 percent growth observed between 2007 and 2009.

Pew points out that the mobile boom is hardly over. It found 53 percent of smartphone owners watch online news video, while just 18 percent of those without smartphones do. So the appetite for video news online could still grow — if news organizations provide some quality options. (more...)
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Pew finds embattled newspaper industry still pulls in more than half of all news revenue

Pew’s 11th annual State of the News Media report, out this morning, offers fresh measures of news media revenue and news staffing at digital-only start-ups. Both findings are arresting for those of us in the news-about-news business but also … Read more

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Missing plane: Only a third of people think there’s too much coverage

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Almost half of the people surveyed by Pew think there's been the right amount of coverage of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. Thirty-three percent said there was too much coverage and 12 percent -- seriously? -- said they haven't heard enough.

It was by far the most-followed story among people Pew surveyed. Fewer young people followed the story, for what that's worth. And young people (those between 18-29) were also less likely to be interested in stories about government surveillance, Pew found. Only 14 percent said they were following surveillance stories closely, about the same percentage that was closely following news about Crimea.
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‘Sideways’ visitors to news sites are less engaged, Pew finds

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People who visit a news organization's website directly engage with its content more than those who enter "sideways," according to a new study by the Pew Research Journalism Project. People arriving via Facebook and search stay a shorter time and view fewer pages. Pew's data "suggest that turning social media or search eyeballs into equally dedicated readers is no easy task," Amy Mitchell, Mark Jurkowitz and Kenneth Olmstead write.

That finding was consistent across the 26 news websites whose comScore data Pew examined, even BuzzFeed and NPR.org, "which have an unusually high level of Facebook traffic," the report says. (more...)
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Millennials: Have more Facebook friends, share more selfies

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Millennials, Pew reports, "are relatively unattached to organized politics and religion, linked by social media, burdened by debt, distrustful of people, in no rush to marry— and optimistic about the future."

Which is all well and good, but where do they stand on selfies? But if you remember "The Downward Spiral"'s original release date (20 years ago Saturday), you're not just less likely to post selfies, you probably have fewer Facebook friends than younger people. Pew reported last year that publishers' brands meant little to people who consumed news on Facebook -- they were far more likely to click on something recommended by a friend.

But, Pew writes in this new report: "amidst their fervent embrace of all things digital, nine-in-ten Millennials say people generally share too much information about themselves online, a view held by similarly lopsided proportions of all older generations."
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58% of US adults say they have a smartphone — and other sobering stats from Pew

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As an online journalist I think it's sometimes easy to forget that the mobile revolution hasn't put a smartphone in the pocket of every American yet. (more...)
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Women more likely to report kindness on the Internet than men

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Women "are more likely than men to have been treated kindly (74% vs. 66%)" on the Internet, a Pew survey released Thursday says. "There were not statistically significant differences between online women and men when it comes to being treated unkindly or attacked by someone online."

People under 29 were more likely to report seeing both good and awful behavior online, and those over 65 "were the most likely to say people were mostly kind—85% of them said so." Those findings are part of Pew's rolling report on the Web's 25th birthday -- Sir Tim Berners-Lee wrote a paper in 1989 proposing a distributed, hypertext-based system for sharing information.

A strong majority of Internet users surveyed by Pew say people online are "mostly kind." Please feel free to attack these findings (or me for sharing them!) using whichever Internet platform you prefer.

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Teenagers don’t use social media to share links, says Microsoft researcher

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In a conversation with Evie Nagy, Microsoft Research Principal Researcher danah boyd talks about how teens use social media. It's not the same way grown-ups do:
My adult Twitter experience is more of people using it for professional communication or news sharing or brand building or comedy. How do teens use Twitter differently, and what do adults need to understand most?

The first thing you would notice if you were following teenagers is that you would not see very many links. Which is radically different than our world. They're doing a lot of interacting and engaging around celebrities, pop culture, really funny trending topics that they think are interesting, I'm sure you've seen some of the crazy hashtags. And of course with Instagram, hashtags have become even stronger on Twitter. Hashtags are content in and of themselves. I'm not sure if you saw that SNL sketch that was like 'hashtag, how are you today?,' etc. There's a degree to which this is kind of true when you look at teen content. They're also more likely to have protected accounts, and use it to talk to a small group of their actual friends. To them Facebook is everyone they ever knew, and Twitter is something they've locked down to just a handful of people they care about--which is often the opposite of how adults use them.
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