TV audience and survey data from the days immediately following JFK's assassination show that Americans collectively tuned in to non-stop coverage that pioneered a new form of wall-to-wall television news delivery.
Compared with the 30% of Americans who get news on Facebook, Twitter news consumers stand out as younger, more mobile and more highly educated. 85% of Twitter news consumers get news at least sometimes on mobile.
On Facebook, the largest social media platform, news is a common but incidental experience, according to an initiative of Pew Research Center in collaboration with the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.
While the largest audiences tune into local and network broadcast news, it is the 24/7 national cable news channels that command the most attention from their viewers, who watch an average of 25 minutes a day.
Today’s younger and middle-aged audience seems unlikely to ever match the avid news interest of the generations they will replace, even as they enthusiastically transition to the Internet as their principal source of news.
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