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Pew study shows local TV news still the ‘top news source’

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Local TV news continues to be the leading news source for Americans, according to a study released Tuesday by Pew Research Center, "with almost three out of four U.S. adults (71%) watching local television news, compared with 65% viewing network newscasts and 38% cable news over the course of a month, according to our analysis of Nielsen data from February 2013."

In the study, Katerina Eva Matsa wrote that audiences for the three main time slots for local news grew. Even including numbers from 2013, however, the overall numbers for local TV news is down about 3 percent since 2007. Big news events during November of last year may also explain the higher numbers for 2013, Matsa wrote. (more...)
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About a fifth of Facebook and Twitter users often get news from newspapers, too

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21 percent of Facebook users and 18 percent of Twitter users tell the Pew Research Journalism Project they get news "often" from print newspapers. The organization continues to look at how social media users get news.
YouTube, LinkedIn and Google Plus news consumers are more likely than Facebook and Twitter news consumers to watch cable news. Twitter news consumers are among the least likely to turn to local and cable TV. And nearly four-in-ten LinkedIn news consumers listen to news on the radio, compared to about a quarter of the general population.
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Few people frequently turn to Twitter for breaking news

CNBC | Pew Sixteen percent of Twitter users "say they turn to Twitter frequently for breaking news," a poll by Associated Press and CNBC says. "That said, 44 percent of users do so at least some of the time." And yet far fewer Americans get news from Twitter (8 percent) than from Facebook (30 percent), separate analysis the Pew Research Center released Monday says. Forty-five percent of those who use Twitter to get news are 18-29 years old — more than the 30 percent of Twitter users overall who are in that demographic, Pew previously reported. Both organizations found a similar number of Americans use the service -- one in five, CNBC-AP finds, 16 percent, Pew says. (more...)
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News remains "incidental" on Facebook, according to a recent Pew Research Center report.

News organizations’ brands matter little to Facebook users, study finds

Pew A third of Americans get news from Facebook, a new study from Pew Research Center says. But 80 percent of the people who get news on Facebook get it when they're on Facebook for other reasons. Only 20 percent of people who told Pew they click on links inside Facebook posts said they did so because they prefer the news organization that produced the story. Nearly twice as many said a friend's recommendation was important, and half said they clicked because a story looked surprising, funny or entertaining. (more...)
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Pew: TV is ‘the dominant way that Americans get news at home’

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American adults continue to watch TV more than any other news source at home, with the highest percentage watching local news, the Pew Research Center reported Friday.

In a study of Nielsen data covering February 2013, researchers found 71 percent of U.S. adults had watched local newscasts and 65 percent watched network news over the span of the month. And while only 38 percent of adults watched cable news, those viewers spent twice as much time doing so than viewers of local or network broadcasts.

The Nielsen data, specially prepared for the Pew study, is based on the rating service's panel of metered homes during the important February "sweeps" period. The findings are similar to that reported in previous Pew studies showing television remains the most popular platform for Americans consuming the news.

Related: One-third of millennials watch mostly online video or no broadcast TV | Pew surveys of audience habits suggest perilous future for news| Nearly one-third of U.S. adults have abandoned a news outlet due to dissatisfaction | Pew: Half of Americans get news digitally, topping newspapers, radio
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Third of millennials watch mostly online video or no broadcast TV

Thirty-four percent of millennials surveyed watch mostly online video or no broadcast television, new research from The New York Times says. Brian Brett, the Times' executive director of customer research, is scheduled to present the research at the INMA Audience Summit in Las Vegas Thursday. (more...)
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Pew surveys of audience habits suggest perilous future for news

News organizations have been confronting the problem of a shrinking audience for more than a decade, but trends strongly suggest that these difficulties may only worsen over time. Today’s younger and middle-aged audience seems unlikely to ever match the avid … Read more

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More offline adults say the Internet is too hard to use

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15 percent of Americans don't use the Internet, Pew reports. That's slightly lower than the percentage of online adults who use Twitter, according to research Pew released in August.

About a third of offline people cited usability concerns. That figure has grown remarkably -- "in 2010, for instance, almost half (48%) of non-internet users cited issues of relevance, and only one in five mentioned usability or price-related reasons, respectively," the report says.



The offline figure is almost a mirror image of 1995, when 14 percent of Americans were online.

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Percentage of people who go online with their phones doubles

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63 percent of people who own cell phones use them to get online, Pew reports. That's not exactly surprising, but it's double the percentage of people who said they did so in April 2009.



One-third of those people (21 percent of the total) "mostly use their phone to access the internet, as opposed to other devices like a desktop, laptop, or tablet computer," Pew says. Such users are likely to be young, not white, and "with relatively low income and education levels."

Related: More people seeking location-based information on smartphones | Pew: A third of people without broadband have a smartphone
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Three religion reporters leave dailies, but the job isn’t vanishing

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St. Louis Post-Dispatch religion reporter Tim Townsend is leaving the paper for the Pew Research Center. He's the third religion reporter at a daily to leave in recent weeks: Ann Rodgers is leaving the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette to become the Roman Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh's communications director, and Tennessean religion reporter Bob Smietana is heading to Christian publisher Lifeway.

"In journalism, we all know that three examples make a trend," Bobby Ross Jr. writes, wondering "why no one wants to cover the religion beat anymore." That may be overstating the case a bit, he allows. (more...)
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