2008: The year the Internet beat Newspapers As News Source

23 Dec

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In the official history of the news business 2008 will be noted as the year that online news surpassed newspapers as a news source:

The internet, which emerged this year as a leading source for campaign news, has now surpassed all other media except television as a main source for national and international news.

Currently, 40% say they get most of their news about national and international issues from the internet, up from just 24% in September 2007. For the first time in a Pew survey, more people say they rely mostly on the internet for news than cite newspapers (35%). Television continues to be cited most frequently as a main source for national and international news, at 70%.

And with young people the net is even more competitive with television news.

Americans younger than 30 (59%) say they get most of their national and international news online; an identical percentage cites television.

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