Half the public now says the Internet is a main source for where they go for national and international news, up from 43% two years ago, the Pew Research Center Reports.
For people under the age of 50, the Internet is their primary source. TV and radio are also up as news sources, while, no surprise, newspapers continue their slow decline. The public also credits press criticism of political leaders, saying it keeps them “from doing things that shouldn’t be done” (as opposed to preventing leaders from doing their jobs). Young people in particular are cottoning to this view of the press’s role, with 75% of 18-29 year olds agreeing that the press’s watchdog role matters.