Internet fails to dethrone TV news (so far)
Dead-tree rags hold up surprisingly well
Television news may still be the most popular local-news source for most people in the US, but it's losing ground to internet news and social networking, and in some cases even failing to outpace traditional newspapers.
According to a survey conducted by the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism, although 74 per cent of people turn on the boobtube at least once a week for local news, a full 55 per cent get their information from what the survey refers to as "old-fashioned word of mouth". Around half use local radio or newspapers and 47 per cent use the internet.
On the face of it, these figures look rather good for local TV, but the study also looked into what type of news people use different sources for. There the situation looks a lot worse for the television stations. Local TV is primarily used for breaking news and weather, and ties with radio for traffic reports.
But for news about local services such as restaurants, the internet is the clear winner. Meanwhile, newspapers are still the most-used source for local events, crime reports, cultural events, and tax and local government news, and tie with TV as the top source for local politics. Furthermore, the websites of TV news stations get very little attention.
Local newspapers, while still important, aren’t as loved as they’d like to be. Overall, 69 per cent of respondents said they would see little or no loss in not having a local dead tree publication, and that figure rises with younger users and those with broadband. Those aged 40 or over still seem to be sticking to old media such as newspapers and TV, but among those yet to break the big four-oh, the internet is deemed the most-used source of information in almost all areas, narrowly losing out to TV for weather by three percentage points.
The data from 2,251 adults showed that consumers have become very savvy about the number of news sources to use when trying to find out information about their local communities. Nearly two thirds of people surveyed used at least three primary sources for weekly local news, and 15 per cent used at least six per week. ®
I get all my news from...
... The Register!
how it should be
it sounds like you were watching a local ABC news broadcast, not the national ABC broadcast (which would not cover things like fires in Ventura). I watch the national NBC news nightly along with CNN/CNBC and local fox news (bay area). When I want local news I go to local stations (and fast forward though the national stuff they cover), if I want national news I go to the national stations. I watch CNBC mostly for entertainment, it's fun to watch the world's economy go down the tubes.
only thing I really use the intertubes for is tech news which thereg is most of it.
as for keeping the voters ignorant -- most of the voters want to be ignorant, because ignorance is bliss. If they knew the truth they would get depressed and not spend as much. People rag on americans that don't know what is going on in the world thinking that they want to know what's going on in the world. The vast majority don't give a crap and just care about their own little circles of influence. The more I learn about what's going on in the world and see past the lies and large scale ponzi schemes being used to try to keep our economies (whether it's U.S. or europe or China or whatever) a float the more I understand why so many people would rather just not know, because there is really nothing they can do about it.
I agree about R4 news programming, but...
... Humphrey Littleton's characterisation of the Today Programme as '20 minutes of news and comment packed into an exciting two hour package' has never been truer. Even in the 30 minute six o'clock news they stop about 17 minutes in to give 'the headlines again'. For goodness sake, if my attention span was that poor, I'd be listening to Radio 1.
Rolling news is just the same half dozen stories over and over again for hours. *THAT* is why the Internet is so much better for news, and why the serious news programmes are starting to bore people senseless. Just as someone pointed out above, you get actually get a greater breadth of news from satire: waiting a week then watching Mock the Week / HIGNFY or listening to the Now Show or the News Quiz. Or waiting a fortnight, then reading Private Eye.