Online news: Free ain’t the kicker

Pew study: Only 8 percent of the Americans interviewed in a new Pew Research Center for the People and the Press Report say they read news online because it’s free–and 73% say reading online news is more convenient.

Of course, the web continues to move from the edge to the center–Key quotes:
” The internet continues to grow as a source of news for Americans. One-in-four (24%) list the internet as a main source of news. Roughly the same number (23%) say they go online for news every day, up from 15% in 2000; the percentage checking the web for news at least once a week has grown from 33% to 44% over the same time period.
While online news consumption is highest among young people (those under age 30), it is not an activity that is limited to the very young. Three-in-ten Americans ages 30-49 cite the internet as a main source of news.”

And newspapers? Many of the interviewees said they preferred local cable TV news…They think it’s more relevant–and more convenient.