The Pew Internet and American Life Project and the Project for Excellence in Journalism today released a new report on digital media and news gathering trends, titled “Understanding the Participatory News Consumer.”
We’ve embedded the entire report above, as it is worth a read. Here are some highlights:
33% of cell phone owners now access news on their cell phones.
28% of internet users have customized their home page to include news from sources and on topics that particularly interest them.
37% of internet users have contributed to the creation of news, commented about it, or disseminated it via postings on social media sites like Facebook or Twitter.
51% of social networking site (e.g. Facebook) users who are also online news consumers say that on a typical day they get news items from people they follow.
Another 23% of this cohort follow news organizations or individual journalists on social networking sites.
Over half (55%) say it is easier to keep up with news and information today than it was five years ago, but 70% feel the amount of news and information available from different sources is overwhelming.