The Future of Print

Local newspapers still number one for news

Posted in Boom by futureofprint on January 11, 2010

More local news comes from newspapers and their websites than from television, radio or online-only news sources, ABC News reports.

A study by the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism looked at one week of local news reporting across 53 media outlets in Baltimore during July last year. It found that for six major stories, 61% of original reporting or new information came from newspapers and their websites. By contrast, 28% came from local television stations and their websites, 7% for radio stations and 4% for online-only publications.

Although local television produced slightly more content than newspapers, fewer of the stations’ stories contained original reporting. Content often included information obtained from other media, primarily newspapers.

“This study does suggest that if newspapers were to disappear, what would be left to aggregate?” director of the Project for Excellence in Journalism Tom Rosenstiel said.

via Local newspapers still number one for news – Editors Weblog.

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