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Pew Report: For Local News, Americans Embrace Digital but Still Want Strong Community Connection

How do Americans prefer to get their local news in the digital era? What do they want their local news to provide, and how successful do they feel their local media are at meeting their expectations? These are just some of the questions addressed in this report published by the Pew Research Center in March 2019. This report is based on a large survey of 34,897 U.S. adults conducted by the Center between October 15 and November 8 in 2018. Among the report's many findings, 37 percent of Americans prefer to get their local news online, while 41 percent still prefer television. Most have generally favorable views of their local media and value media with a strong connection to their community, but 71 percent believe their local news outlets are doing well financially, while only 14 percent report having paid for local news in the past year. Those interested in further details can read the 123-page report online or download it as a PDF at the link above. The survey's topline questionnaire results are also available for download. Additionally, readers should be sure to check out this report's accompanying interactive feature where they can explore the local news dynamics in 99 geographic areas around the U.S.
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September 27th, 2019
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September 18th, 2019 at 12:45pm
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September 23rd, 2019 at 8:27am
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