New York – Online news consumption in the U.S. grew 17% in
2010, while all other platforms — including TV, radio, newspapers and
magazines — all saw their news audiences decline, according to the Project for
Excellence in Journalism’s eighth annual State of the News Media survey.
41% of those surveyed in December said they consume most news online, compared
with 17% a year earlier.
The report also found that the percentage of Americans
who consume news online at least three times weekly surpassed those who read newspapers
for the first time ever.
Interestingly, 39% of those surveyed said the loss of
their local newspaper would have "no impact" on their ability to stay
abreast of local news, while 30% said such an event would have a
"minor" impact; 28% said it would have a "major" impact.