This just in: news consumption on the web is up, but down via newspapers…with the gap widening every day. So says “The State of the News Media 2012,” the annual report on American journalism by the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism.
More than four in ten American adults own a smartphone; one in five owns a tablet. All this mobility actually makes us want to consume more news – at our desks, on the run, out to lunch. So far, so good. But here’s where it gets ugly: total newspaper and newspaper-affiliated website revenue continues to decline. Same goes for network and local television and magazines.
At the same time, Pew reports that a more fundamental change is intensifying as the extent to which technology intermediaries – Google, Facebook, Apple, Amazon, etc. – are taking control of the future of news.
Think about it. How are you consuming your news? What media sources do you trust?
On the surface, there’s nothing particularly sexy about this report. But dig a little deeper and you’ll see that for consumers, the Pew Center’s findings are a mixed bag.