“In a vivid demonstration of the growing power of the Internet and its effect on the media, a new study shows that about 50 million Americans go online to read the news on a typical day, primarily from the Web sites of traditional media outlets.
Much of that growth is fueled by a rise in broadband connections in homes over the past four years, according to the report, issued yesterday by the Pew Internet and American Life Project. It said the Internet is the primary news source for people who adopted broadband connections at home and are heavy users of the Internet. Within this group, 71 percent go online for news on the average day, while 59 percent get news from local television, the study said.
Just over half get news from national TV and radio on the typical day and about 40 percent turn to local newspapers, the study said.
"The broadband difference is now permeating the news environment," John B. Horrigan, the principal author of the report, said in a summary. "High-powered Internet users are heavily into other media sources as well, but the pre-eminent place of online news suggests that it shapes their off-line information choices in an important way."
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