Study: Websites Beating Newspapers in Popularity Contest

Paul Lilly

This probably won't come as a surprise to anyone with an Internet connection, but according to a new survey by Pew Research Center, online news has supplanted newspapers as the third most popular form of news, trailing only local and national TV stations.

"News awareness is becoming an anytime, anywhere, any device activity for those who want to stay informed," PRC said.

No single site dominates the online news scene, though PRC did say that news aggregators such as Google News and AOL were more popular than other outlets. Even still, over 90 percent of the survey's respondents said they get their news from more than one method, and 57 percent said they browse between two and five websites for their daily dose of world events.

"Americans have become news grazers both on and offline -- but within limits," said Amy Mitchell, deputy director for the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism.

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