Local papers not particularly loved

A sizeable proportion of the public wouldn’t particularly care if their local newspaper closed, a new report suggests.  

According to the Pew Research Center in the US, only 33% of people said they would miss their local paper “a lot” if it went, while 25% said they would miss it “some”. The report said that 16% would miss it “not much” and 26% “not at all”.

Among youg people, the numbers are even worse for newspapers – among 18 to 39-year-olds, only 23% said they would miss it a lot and 29% said they would miss it some. The other 48% would miss it not much or not at all.

However, when it comes to local news, traditional media still dominates, said the same survey. TV was listed as a regular source of local news by 66%; newspapers by 41%; radio by 34% and the Internet by 31%.

The results came from a telephone study of about 1000 Amercian adults.


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