The internet, which had already become a leading source for campaign news, has now surpassed newspapers as an outlet for national and international news. Four-in-ten Americans get most of their news from the internet, while 35% cite newspapers as their main outlet. Just over a year ago, in September 2007, only 24% said they got most news from the internet. Overall, television, at 70%, continues to be cited most frequently as a main source for national and international news. Among those ages 18-29, however, the internet now rivals television, with 59% of Americans under 30 saying they get most news online, the same percentage that cite TV. In 2007, twice as many young people said they relied mostly on television for news than mentioned the internet (68% vs. 34%). Read More

Russell Heimlich  is a former web developer at Pew Research Center.