Third Source

WASHINGTON, March 1, 2010 (AFP) – The Internet has become the third most popular news platform for American adults, trailing only local and national television stations, according to a survey released on Monday. Seventy-eight percent of the 2,259 adults surveyed for the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project and the Project for Excellence in Journalism said that on a typical day they get news from a local TV station.

Seventy-three percent said they get news from a national TV network such as CBS or a cable TV news station such as CNN or Fox.

Sixty-one percent said that on a typical day they get news online while 54 percent said they listen to a radio news program at home or in the car.

Fifty percent said they read news in a local newspaper and 17 percent said they read news in a national newspaper such as The New York Times or USA Today.

Ninety-nine percent said they get news from at least one of these media platforms: a local or national print newspaper, a local or national TV news broadcast, the radio or the Internet.

Ninety-two percent said they get news from multiple platforms on a typical day, with half using four to six platforms daily.

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