Internet surpasses newspapers as main news source; TV challenged for top spot among young adults

The Internet has overtaken newspapers as the main source of national and international news among adults and shares equal stature at the top of various media with TV among 18- to 29-year-olds.

The findings, released Dec. 23, 2008, by the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press, revealed that 40 percent of adults get the majority of their national and international news from the Internet, while 35 percent turn to newspapers most often.

While 70 percent of the respondents said television is their top source for national and international news, among young adults, those under 30 years old, only 59 percent selected television as their main source, the same percent that choose the Internet. According to Pew, in September 2007, 68 percent of young adults saw television as their main source of national and international news, while 34 percent chose the Internet. The research revealed that 23 percent of adults get their news from CNN, and 17 percent turn to FOX News.

The Pew Research Center for the People polled 1489 adults between Dec. 3 and Dec. 7, 2008, for the survey.