Pew Study Shows Radio Was Source For Bin Laden Info For 13%
May 12, 2011 at 3:59 AM (PT)
A PEW RESEARCH CENTER FOR THE PEOPLE AND THE PRESS study shows that while news coverage of OSAMA BIN LADEN's death outpaced the public's stated interest in the story, radio was the next-to-last source for where people got the most news about the terrorist leader's killing. Just 13% of respondents said they used radio as their source for information about the story, compared to 74% using TV, 39% using the Internet, 22% using the newspaper, and 1% using magazines. The largest percentage of radio users was in the 30-49 age group, with the lowest among 50-64s (9%) and 18-29s (10%).
Among other findings was that 20% of Americans said they used social networking sites like FACEBOOK or TWITTER for news about the story, but among those who do use the sites, 46% said they got "a lot" or "a little" information through social networking.
In a separate study by PEW's PROJECT FOR EXCELLENCE IN JOURNALISM, coverage of the BIN LADEN death accounted for 67% of the newshole for radio during the week of MAY 2nd-8th, compared with fully 90% of cable TV news, 73% of network news, 64% online, and 51% newspaper. This contrasts with 42% of respondents in the corresponding survey who expressed interest in the story.