One-in-five U.S. adults say they often get news via social media, slightly higher than the share who often do so from print newspapers (16%) for the first time since Pew Research Center began asking these questions. In 2017, the portion who got news via social media was about equal to the portion who got news from print newspapers.
Frank Mungeam: It’s hard to find reason to be optimistic about the health of our information ecosystem. It might be even harder to believe me when I say: Local TV news is our best chance. Yes, the same stations that critics dismiss for serving up car crashes, house fires and mug shots, perky morning teams and goofy weathercasters, could also be our best hope for rejuvenating journalism. Here are three macro trends that explain why.
Margaret Sullivan: With Michael Bloomberg’s and Jeff Zucker’s campaign dreams, the media-to-politics revolving door spins faster. The idea that major media figures — with huge influence over coverage decisions — are pondering political posts brings real questions.