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Unformatted text preview: nt part of a news website to them is the ability to
manipulate content themselves such as graphics, maps, and quizzes. News is easier to follow now, but overwhelming. And most topics get plenty of
coverage, in Americans ’ eyes.
Pew Internet & American Life Project Understanding the Participatory News Consumer | 8 Americans send mixed messages in the survey about how they feel in a world where
news is updated constantly and they can access news all the time. We asked respondents News is easier to follow now, but overwhelming. And most topics get plenty of
coverage, in Americans ’ eyes. Americans send mixed messages in the survey about how they feel in a world where
news is updated constantly and they can access news all the time. We asked respondents
about how the volume of news might play into this: “Compared with five years ago, do
you think it is easier or harder to keep up with news and information today? ” Some 55%
say it is easier, only 18% say it is harder. One quarter of adults (25%) say there is no difference between now and five years ago. Yet even as they say it is easier to keep up with the news, Americans still feel
overwhelmed. Fully 70% agreed with that statement: “The amount of news and
information available from different sources today is overwhelming. ” Some 25%
“completely agreed ” with that statement and 45% “mostly agreed. ” Good news, bad news about media performance. When it comes to the quality of coverage itself, respondents give correspondingly mixed
signals. Just under two -thirds (63%) agree with statement that “major news
organizations do a good job covering all of the important news stories and subjects that
matter to me. ” Yet 72% also back the idea that “most news sources today are biased in
their coverage. ” Some of the explanation for this dichotomy seems to be rooted in the
views of partisans. Liberals and Democrats are more likely to say the big news
organizations do a good job on subjects that matter to them, while conservatives and
Republicans are the ones most likely to see coverage as biased. NOTES
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