PEJ Study Examines How Americans Consume News

A total of 92 percent of Americans get their daily news from multiple platforms, with 59 percent combining online and offline sources and only 7 percent relying on a single platform, according to results from The Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism‘s Understanding the Participatory News Consumer: How Internet and Cell Phone Users Have Turned News into a Social Experience, which was released Monday.

The study also found that the Internet overtook national print newspapers, local print newspapers, and radio on the list of popular news platforms, now trailing only local and national television news.

Other statistics revealed by the PEJ study, which was based on data from telephone interviews conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International from Dec. 28-Jan. 19 among a sample of 2,259 adults 18 and older contacted on landline and cell phones:

• 33 percent of cellular-phone users access news on their devices.
• 28 percent of Internet users customized their home pages to include news.
• 37 percent of internet users have contributed to the creation of news, commented about it, or disseminated it via social-media sites like Facebook or Twitter.
• 61 percent of American adults get news online daily, and 71 percent do so at least occasionally.
• 75 percent of those who get news online receive it forwarded via email or posts on social-networking sites, and 52 percent share news links via those platforms.
• 57 percent of online news consumers rely on 2-5 sites, and just 35 percent have a favorite.
• Portal Websites such as Google News, AOL, and Topix are the most commonly used news sources, at 56 percent, and sites of traditional news organization such as CNN, the British Broadcasting Corp., and local and national newspapers also rank high on the list.
• 63 percent of respondents agreed with the statement, “major news organizations do a good job covering all of the important news stories and subjects that matter to me,” but 71 percent also agree that “most news sources today are biased in their coverage.”