Half the public says Internet is main source for national and international news

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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.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.