Pew Local News Study

Local News in a Digital Age

Pew Research Center has conducted a local news study in three distinct metropolitan areas across the United States: Denver, Colorado, Macon, Georgia, and Sioux City, Iowa. The intention of the survey was to take a look at how three cities, each with diverse demographics, obtain their local news with an increasing number of choices in this ever-evolving digital age.

Key takeaways from the study include:

  • Local TV is the number one source for news in all three cities.
  • Nearly nine-in-ten residents follow local news closely, with about half of them following very closely.
  • About two-thirds of the residents discuss local news in person at least a few times a week.
  • Of those who get local news on a social networking site, over 65% of them follow a local news organization, reporter or commentator.
  • Civically engaged residents are more connected with their local news and are drawn to a more diverse set of news sources than are residents who are less civically engaged.
  • Digital technology has impacted news habits, but at different levels for each city; with half to two-thirds accessing at least one local news site digitally.


Local TV Dominant Source of News

Source: Pew Research Center: Local News Ecosystem Survey. July 8-August 18, 2014. Q6, Q7.

Local TV Dominant Source of News;
Tops For Most Engaged Residents

Source: Pew Research Center: Local News Ecosystem Survey. July8-August18, 2014. Q6, Q7, Q27, Q28.

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