Survey: 3 in 4 N.O. area residents say they'll turn to TV for local news
With The Times-Picayune now officially on its new three-days-per-week publication cycle, 76% of New Orleans area residents say they'll be turning to television for local news. That's according to a survey of New Orleans residents on their media appetites, released today by the LSU Public Policy Research Lab. Just 40% of respondents say they'll stick with The Times-Picayune for news, while 44% say they'll go to Internet news sources (respondents could choose multiple sources for this question). While the decision of The Times-Picayune to stop publishing daily came as a surprise to some in the journalism industry, because it had one of the highest readership shares among the local population in the nation, the survey released today shows New Orleans residents have long preferred getting their news from TV rather than from print sources. When asked to identify where they most often turn for local news, 44.5% say TV, 22.9% say newspapers, and 18.8% say the Internet. New Orleans residents also appear to trust TV more than newspapers, with 46.1% saying TV media outlets are the most trusted and 26.9% saying the same about newspapers. After being informed of The Advocate's plans to publish a New Orleans edition, 36.2% of respondents said they would buy it. Check out the complete survey results here.
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