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Newspapers a popular source of information

Newspapers a popular source of information

Posted: Monday, October 3, 2011 7:01 pm
By: By BARBARA ORTUTAY AP Technology Writer

By BARBARA ORTUTAY
AP Technology Writer
NEW YORK (AP) — A majority of Americans don’t seem to recognize the value of their local newspaper.
According to a survey from the Pew Research Center, most people say they wouldn’t miss local news if their newspaper no longer existed. But at the same time, they say they rely on their newspaper for a broad range of local information.
Sixty-nine percent of those surveyed said their local newspaper’s absence wouldn’t have a major effect on their ability to keep up with information about their community. But print and online versions of newspapers ranked first or tied for first on 11 of 16 local news topics the survey asked about.
People said they turn to newspapers first for everything from community and crime news to arts and culture, social services, zoning and development. Newspapers tied with the Internet for news on housing, schools and jobs, and with TV for local political news.
“People may assume that because they go to the newspaper now for that information, it is available somewhere else,” said Tom Rosenstiel, co-author of a report on the survey and director of Pew’s Project for Excellence in Journalism. “I’m not sure if that is correct.”
Overall, Americans turn to a broad range of online and offline sources when it comes to getting local news and information.
The survey, from Pew’s Project for Excellence in Journalism and Internet & American Life Project, found that where people turn for information depends largely on their age.
Those older than 40 tend to look to the Internet mostly for information on local businesses such as restaurants.

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