Online news overtakes TV news as America’s most popular source of information

Friday, August 28, 2015
By Paul Martin

by: Ethan A. Huff
Friday, August 28, 2015

Today’s emerging youth are far more interested in getting their news online rather than from the television or print media, new statistics reveal. A biannual report released by the Alliance for Audited Media shows that “total paid circulation” for 86 of the top 125 print magazines, or about 71 percent of them, experienced drops in circulation, while online news has now officially taken over TV news in terms of total viewership.

The Reuters Institute Digital News Report 2015 states that some 43 percent of Americans now regard online news as their “main source of news,” compared to just 40 percent for TV news. This is a first, as TV news has long held the top spot for news consumption, only recently falling to second place as the Internet reaches all-time highs in popularity.

“Newsstand sales, long seen as an indicator of the health of the industry, fell by 11.4 percent,” reports Media Life Magazine. “That comes after the 14.2 percent decrease magazines suffered at the newsstand during the second half of last year.”

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