Online News Outpacing Radio, Newspapers — Television Next

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Reading the Los Angeles Times using the Flipboard app on an iPad in Los Angeles.

More people get their news online than from radio or newspapers, and television could be next to lose out in the evolving habits of news consumers, according to a poll out today.

The survey by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press found 39 percent of Americans saying that they now read their news on computers, tablets, phones and other online sources. More people are getting their news from Facebook or other social media.

That’s ahead of newpspaers (29 percent) and radio news (33 percent) though still behind television (55 percent).

The next generation of news consumers is already shifting away from TV. Just 34 percent of those under 30 said they watched TV news yesterday, down from 49 percent in 2006. And 33 percent said they received their news from a social networking site. In total, 19 percent said they saw news or headlines via social media, up from 9 percent in 2010.

As for newspapers, 23 percent said they read a print publication yesterday, down from 38 percent in 2006. Many of those readers are migrating to the papers’ online versions; including 55 percent of New York Times readers.

Magazines are not immune from the switch either; 37 percent of Bloomberg Businessweek and Economist readers said they get their content online rather than in the print version.

Pew’s biennial media consumption survey was conducted from May 9 to June 3. Pollsters interviewed 3,003 adults, with a margin of error of plus or minus 2.1 percentage points. The survey began in 1994 by the old Times Mirror Center for the People & the Press and has been conducted every two years since then.



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