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News in a networked world

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Lee Rainie will discuss the Project’s latest findings about how people use the internet, smartphones, and social media tools to get news, share news, and create news. He will describe how the very definition of news is expanding in the age of “me media.” He will discuss the Project’s new research about how people use different platforms to get news about different topics: that is, they use different media channels to learn about the weather and learn about local government. He will also describe how social networks have become essential transmitters of news and evaluators of the meaning of news in people’s civic lives.

Published in: Technology, News & Politics

News in a networked world

  1. 1. News in a networked worldInternational Journalism Festival, PerugiaApril 27, 2012Lee Rainie: Director, Pew Internet ProjectEmail: Lrainie@pewinternet.orgTwitter: @Lrainie PewInternet.org
  2. 2. 12 insights about news in a networked world
  3. 3. 1 – Newspapers are critical to civic lifeMost important source Tied with internet• Community events • Housing• Crime • Schools• Tax info • Jobs• Local govt Tied with TV• Arts/culture • Political news• Social services• Zoning / development
  4. 4. 2 – People’s experience of news is being re-shaped by tech change• Portable – half of cell owners get news on phone – 2/3 of smartphone owners• Participatory – 20%-40% of consumers contribute to news• Personal – half of consumers customize• Social – “news as conversation”
  5. 5. 3 – The audience is shrinking a bit: 17% get no news on average day
  6. 6. 4 – People are reallocating their time using news platforms/sources
  7. 7. 5 – People are shifting platforms
  8. 8. 6 – Users exploit multiple platforms (1) News platforms Americans use on typical day 90 78 80 73 61 70 60 54 50 50 40 30 20 17 10 0 Local TV National Online Radio Local National network/cable newspaper newspaper
  9. 9. 6 – Users exploit multiple platforms (2) 59% use online and offline sources on typical day # of news platforms Americans use typical day 70% 60% 46% 46% % of adults (18+) 50% 40% 30% 20% 7% 10% 0% 1 platform 2-3 platforms 4-6 platforms
  10. 10. 7 – People graze for news all day long
  11. 11. 8) Users’ perceptions of news media bias grow Press is politically biased 45% - 1985 63%- 2011 Republicans and Independents drive the trendhttp://www.people-press.org/2011/09/22/press-widely-criticized-but-trusted-more-than-other-institutions/
  12. 12. 9 – Audiences aremore fragmented by partisanship and ideology
  13. 13. 9 -more) Red crowds and blue crowds discuss news –segregated with different sources and conversations Analysis of 2011 SOTU conversations on Twitter
  14. 14. 10 – People are losing its faith in news organizations (with exceptions)
  15. 15. 11 – People’smotives vary forusing different news sources
  16. 16. 12 – People rely on different platforms fornews on different subjects
  17. 17. Thank you!

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