Monday, March 07, 2005
According to a Pew study, 18% of Americans cite the internet as one of their two main sources of news about the 2004 presidential races - three times the number in 1996.

On the other side of the coin were newspapers, which saw their numbers drop significantly. Only 39% of Americans cited newspapers as one of their two primary news sources versus 60% in 1996. Of course, this survey didn't seem to consider newspapers' internet sites. It is entirely probable that much of that rise in internet use was due to a change in newspaper readers' habits - reading their newspapers online instead of in paper form.

I am sure this trend will continue, and probably even accelerate, in the next 8 years. I personally like the newspaper format, but newspapers need to change to reflect the fact that their readers will have already heard about all the big news events via the internet and television the day before.

It will be interesting to see what newspaper editors do to deal with this change in their readership.
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