Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Local News Sources

This week NPR's On the Media aired an interview with Lee Rainie about a new study from the Pew Research Center's Internet and American Life Project.  The study looked the sources that people used to obtain their local news.  Listen to the interview here.

The study organized people's responses according to the source of the local news rather than the platform.  For instance, news obtained from Twitter was counted as word of mouth rather than the internet.  The study also has some important insights into the use of social media in the local news.

Journalism students: Which part of the interview did you find the most interesting or surprising?  What implications does this study have for our work at Mount Angel Seminary?


  1. After listening to the interview i found that the question of where we get our news something interesting to think about. It's interesting to think about the question "what impact would there be in your ability to get the news if the newspapers disappeared?" but the fact people did not realy consider that getting news from newspaper websites was getting news from that newspaper. so then the next question would then be what if the newspaper websites disappeared as well? It is interesting to think about.

  2. I was really surprised about the fact that 55% people say that they get local news through word of mouth. I always thought that people use local TV, newspapers, or internet to get local news. After listening to this interview, a thought came to my mind that newspapers might be disappeared in the near future. If newspapers disappear, will it matter?

  3. After listening to the interview and looking , I found that local newspapers are still a main source of getting information for the current day. Also the part of how people under forty years old are likely to get news from the internet.

    Since most of our work at Mount Angel Seminary is not televised, information of our work are posted at the internet (like this blog), monthly newspapers to subscribers, and most of the time, word of mouth. Word of mouth is usually the main use of getting information at the Seminary.