Monday, March 03, 2008

News via Old Fashioned Means no longer king

Following on from my post of Convergence of Media a small study by Media/Zogby International highlights the trend away from old fashion news to the internet as a reliable source of non-biased journalism. The buzz going around the internet now is does this mean that news via old fashioned means is no longer king.

A study by Media/Zogby International in the US has found that
Internet is the top source of news for nearly half of Americans; Survey finds two-thirds dissatisfied with the quality of journalism

The survey found that nearly half of all people in the United States (48%) cite the internet as their primary source of news and information, compared to 29% for television, 11% for radio, and a dismal 10% for newspapers. There was an age difference at the lower end, with only 7% of people aged 18-29 getting news from newspapers, vs 17% of those 65 and older.

Reuters said that
Nearly half of the 1,979 people who responded to the survey said their primary source of news and information is the Internet, up from 40 percent just a year ago. Less than one third use television to get their news, while 11 percent turn to radio and 10 percent to newspapers.

In a TechCrunch post they said
The figures do suggest that some forms of offline news reporting may well be headed to the Deadpool over the next 5-10 years, at least in the United States. It will be a long and slow death, but as newspapers and radio slump into lower and lower single figures, it’s a given that the presence of both will shrink; we’re already seeing massive across the board downsizing now in print media.

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