The Pew Research Center surveyed more than 3,600 news consumers in three cities last summer with a cluster of surprising results reported today.
Top of that list: Minorities — African-Americans in Macon and Hispanics in metropolitan Denver — follow local news more intently than do whites. Moreover they were twice as likely as whites to “feel they can have a big impact on the city.”
Past surveys, including Pew’s own, have found minorities less educated, less wealthy and slightly less avid news consumers. But those findings were for news generally rather than local matters.
Amy Mitchell, lead author of the report and director of Pew Research’s journalism division, agreed with me that the result jumped out. “The numbers are pretty striking there,” for both interest and impact, she said in a phone interview, a much wider gap than is typical in demographic comparisons of news consumption. Read more