The digital age has given rise to new and diverse ways of accessing news; from news aggregators that simply circulate existing content, to news organization websites that publish their journalists’ original work. A new Pew Research Center survey finds many Americans have difficulty distinguishing sources that do their own reporting from those that don’t.
The survey asked whether six sources of news conduct their own news reporting; ranging from organizations that do, such as ABC News, The Wall Street Journal, and HuffPost; to online sources that only gather articles from elsewhere, such as Facebook, Google News, and Apple News.
Roughly half of Americans or more were able to correctly identify whether three of the six sources do their own reporting. Uncertainty was common, even for the sources that Americans found easier to classify.