American news consumption continues to move online and away from “legacy” platforms like TV and newspapers, according to a new report by the Pew Center for People and the Press. The report shows that half of Americans get their news from digital platforms including websites, Twitter, email, and online social networks. In perhaps the most drastic change, the number of people who get their news from social media sites like Facebook and Google+ has doubled — from 9 percent to 19 percent — since 2010.
However, a separate report from Pew’s Project for Excellence in Journalism details large variations in the ways people in different communities get their news. The report examined news usage habits among residents of cities, suburbs, small towns and rural areas. It found that “the local news ecosystem is complex” and that “most adults use a wide variety of both traditional and online sources depending on which local topic they are seeking information about.”