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Americans’ Changing Relationship With Local News

A growing share of Americans prefer to get local news online, while fewer are getting news on TV or in print. Most U.S. adults (85%) believe that local news outlets are at least somewhat important to their local community’s well-being.

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Social Media and News Fact Sheet

Social media is playing a crucial role in Americans’ news consumption. Today, three-in-ten U.S. adults say they regularly get news on Facebook. Slightly fewer (26%) regularly get news on YouTube.

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Black Americans’ Experiences With News

Black Americans see a range of problems with how Black people are covered in the news. Almost two-thirds of Black adults (63%) say news about Black people is often more negative than news about other racial and ethnic groups. And while few are optimistic that will change in the foreseeable future, many see ways in which that coverage could be improved.

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As AI Spreads, Experts Predict the Best and Worst Changes in Digital Life by 2035

As they watch the splashy emergence of generative artificial intelligence and an array of other AI applications, experts participating in a new Pew Research Center canvassing say they have deep concerns about people’s and society’s overall well-being. At the same time, they expect to see great benefits in health care, scientific advances and education

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A Profile of the Top-Ranked Podcasts in the U.S.

True crime is the most common topic, making up 24% of top-ranked podcasts; 15% of the top podcasts focus on news. The next most common topics are politics and government (10%); entertainment, pop culture and the arts (9%); and self-help and relationships (8%).