Younger adults more likely than their elders to prefer reading news
When asked whether one prefers to read, watch or listen to their news, younger adults are far more likely than older adults to opt for text – and most of that reading is occurring on the web.
Partisans disagree on news media’s best, worst traits
Americans are divided in what they consider the most positive and negative attribute of the news media, and much of that divide follows party lines.
More say press is too easy on Trump than said so of Romney, McCain
Only a slim minority thinks the news media’s coverage of Trump and Clinton is too tough, a view the public also held in previous general elections.
Number of U.S. low-power FM radio stations has nearly doubled since 2014
A surge in new low-power FM (LPFM) community radio stations that have been licensed to join the FM airwaves is partially due to a new window for applications that the FCC opened.
10 facts about the changing digital news landscape
Digital news continues to evolve, pushed by a variety of recent innovations. Here are 10 key findings that show how these shifts are reshaping Americans’ news habits.
More than half of smartphone users get news alerts, but few get them often
More than half of U.S. smartphone users say they get push notifications on their phones’ screens, but only about half of those who ever get these alerts click through to the full story.
Newspaper companies lag behind their broadcast siblings after spinoffs
An analysis of the spinoffs shows that the broadcasting components of the original companies (which also retained many digital properties) have mostly outperformed their publishing counterparts in terms of operating profit margins.
Candidates’ social media outpaces their websites and emails as an online campaign news source
A quarter of U.S. adults (24%) turn to social media posts from either the Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump campaigns as a way of keeping up with the election, while 10% turn to their websites and 9% turn to emails.
Most Americans already feel election coverage fatigue
59% of Americans feel exhausted by the amount of election coverage, while 39% say they like getting a lot of coverage about the election.
Key findings on the traits and habits of the modern news consumer
News remains an important part of public life. But Americans are cautious as they move into today’s more complex news environment and discerning in their evaluation of available news sources.