Where Do Americans Get Their News?

It’s no secret that Americans have become increasingly distrustful of the news media over the past few years.

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Social Media

A study done in 2018 found that 62% of Americans get their news from social media1. This is a 7% increase from the previous year. The study also found that 18% of Americans get their news from print newspapers, which is a 5% decrease from the previous year. Let’s take a look at some of the most popular social media sites for news.


Facebook is the most popular social media platform among Americans, with 79% of respondents saying they use the site. Facebook is particularly popular among younger Americans, with 88% of 18- to 29-year-olds using the site. Additionally, Facebook is used by a majority of respondents in all income brackets and education levels.

Other popular social media platforms include YouTube (73%), Instagram (59%), and Snapchat (47%).


Twitter is an online news and social networking service where users post and interact with messages, “tweets,” restricted to 280 characters. Registered users can post, like, and retweet tweets, but unregistered users can only read them. Users access Twitter through its website interface or its mobile-device application software (“app”), though the service could also be accessed via SMS before April 2020.Tweets were originally restricted to 140 characters, but on November 7, 2017, this limit was doubled to 280 for all languages except Chinese, Japanese, and Korean. Originally invented by Evan Williams in March 2006 as a microblogging service employing the short message service (SMS) system to send out updates via text messaging to mobile devices, Twitter rapidly gained worldwide popularity, with over 360 million monthly active users as of 2018. By 2012 there were over 100 million active users tweeting 140 million tweets per day.

As a social networking platform, Twitter revolves around the principle of followers. When you follow someone on Twitter, their tweets appear in your home timeline. If you follow a lot of people, your home timeline will be filled with tweets from all the people you follow. You can also like or retweet other people’s tweets. When you like a tweet, it appears in your likes timeline; when you retweet a tweet, it appears in your own timeline with the original tweeter’s username above it and is visible to all of your followers. You can also quote tweet someone, which allows you to add your own commentary above their tweet in your own timeline.”


Television is the most popular source for news in the United States, with nearly two-thirds of Americans getting their news from TV. This is followed by digital sources (including websites, apps, and social media) at 19 percent, print newspapers at 16 percent, and radio at 7 percent.

Cable News Networks

Cable news networks are television channels dedicated to providing news programming, typically on a 24-hour-a-day basis. Many of these networks are owned by large media conglomerates, and most offer a variety of political perspectives. The three largest cable news networks in the United States are Fox News, CNN, and MSNBC.

Fox News is owned by 21st Century Fox and is available in more than 90 million households. The network was founded in 1996 by Rupert Murdoch and has been a leading voice of conservative politics ever since. CNN, or Cable News Network, is owned by Time Warner and reaches almost as many households as Fox News. CNN was founded in 1980 and is considered to be the first 24-hour cable news network. MSNBC is owned by Comcast and NBCUniversal and has a slightly smaller reach than its competitors at around 85 million households. MSNBC was founded in 1996 as a partnership between Microsoft and NBC News.

Local News

Local news is a type of broadcast journalism focused on providing news stories that are specific to a local area or region, usually within a larger metropolitan area. The local news is usually aired on television and radio stations, as well as in newspapers.

Depending on the size of the market served, local news programs can be as short as a single minute to as long as an hour. They are typically produced by local news organizations, either independently or as part of a larger network.

Local news programs often air during the morning and evening hours, when most people are awake and able to watch or listen. They may also be replayed at other times throughout the day.

The content of local news programs varies depending on the market served, but typically includes stories about crime, politics, weather, traffic, and other events happening in the community. Local news programs may also feature human interest stories, interviews with community leaders, and coverage of local sporting events.



According to a Pew Research Center study, 64% of Americans say they got their news yesterday from television. That was followed by the internet (28%), newspapers (23%) and radio (14%).


Magazines are a type of print media that are generally shorter in length than newspapers, and they come out on a weekly or monthly basis. They are geared toward specific interests, such as fashion, news, sports, and so on.


A recent study shows that most Americans get their news from online sources. This is not surprising given the fact that we are now living in the digital age. However, there are still some people who get their news from traditional sources such as television and newspapers.

News Websites

In 2018, 64% of American adults said they got at least some of their news from social media, according to a Pew Research Center survey. That was up from 47% in 2010 and 62% in 2016.

The rise of social media as a news source has been accompanied by a decline in the share of Americans who say they get news from print newspapers. In 2018, 28% of U.S. adults said they often got news from print newspapers, down from 35% in 2010 and 30% in 2016.

The following are some of the most popular news websites in the United States, based on traffic data from Alexa.

Social Media

A study by the Pew Research Center found that 62 percent of Americans get their news from social media. Of that group, 18 percent say they mostly get their news from Facebook, while 6 percent turn to Twitter, LinkedIn or another social media site.

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