By Jodi Enda and Amy Mitchell of the Pew Research Center
Faced with shrinking revenue and dwindling audiences, news
organizations in recent years have slashed staffs and reduced coverage.
Most news consumers are little aware of the financial struggles that led
to these cuts, a new Pew Research Center survey finds. Nevertheless, a
significant percentage of them not only have noticed a difference in the
quantity or quality of news, but have stopped reading, watching or
listening to a news source because of it.
Nearly one-third—31%—of people say they have deserted a particular
news outlet because it no longer provides the news and information they
had grown accustomed to, according to the survey of more than 2,000 U.S.
adults in early 2013. And those most likely to have walked away are
better educated, wealthier and older than those who did not—in other
words, they are people who tend to be most prone to consume and pay for