According to research conducted by Pew Research Center in a report titled, ‘How people use the news and feel about the news’, news meets a mixture of social, civic, personally-enriching, and work-related needs in people’s lives.
The 93% of Americans who say they follow the news at least occasionally report a variety of reasons for doing so. Surprisingly, the most popular reasons for following the news do not relate to personal entertainment or professional motivations. Instead, they have to do with social interaction and/or a sense of civic responsibility:
- 72% of the news-consumer cohort said one reason they consume news is because they enjoyed talking about it with family, friends and colleagues
- 69% of this group say they feel they have a social or civic obligation to stay informed
- 61% say they often find information in the news that helps them improve their lives
- 44% say news provides a relaxing diversion or personal entertainment
- 19% say they need to follow the news for their jobs
There were not many differences among demographic groups in terms of the functions the news plays in their lives. Women in this news-consumer cohort are more likely than men to say they get information from the news that improved their lives. College graduates are more likely than those who have no college experience to cite all the uses as important to them.
Earlier this week, ASSIST News Service put out a request for information on how our readers ‘use the news’ we provide each day from many different sources around the world.
All news outlets specialize in some aspect of news delivery. Some news providers specialize in business, sports, politics, or religion. ASSIST has a unique news niche in the areas of Persecution of Christians, Missions and Ministries, as well as reporting on Popular Culture.
Here at ASSIST News Service (ANS) www.assistnews.net , we realize that you have choices between many capable and reliable sources to find the news, features, commentaries, interviews and reviews you enjoy reading.
Every so often, we take the opportunity to ask you, our faithful readers, how you use the news, features, interviews and reviews we bring to your email inbox every day.
It is time once again to ‘take the pulse’ of our readers. We would like to hear from you how and in what ways you ‘use the news’ we bring you from around the Globe.
ANS Senior Correspondent Michael Ireland is still looking for your ‘story’ on what you do with our news and feature articles, and you will be glad to know that if you have not yet submitted your ‘tale’, we have not yet ‘closed the book’ on this item.
Please take a few moments to write us and let us know what kinds of stories you enjoy the most, and our ANS Senior Correspondent Michael Ireland will put together a composite of the most interesting and unique responses. Write to him at firstname.lastname@example.org . (Please write to Michael directly at email@example.com — and not just hit ‘Reply’ — as we are separated by more than a thousand miles and two time zones!).
When you write, please tell us your name, where you live, what you enjoy, and how you ‘use the news’ from ASSIST. If you are a Media Outlet, please tell us the name of your publication/news organization, your market and include a photograph of yourself or a company logo. Even if you are not involved in media, but feel you have an interesting way of using ASSIST News stories, you may still wish to send us a photo or graphic (with a caption describing what is shown).
Thank you for being willing to connect with us in this way. And be sure to watch for Michael Ireland’s article.
Founder, ASSIST News Service