New America Foundation. March 26, 2013.
In the United States and around the world, elected leaders seem paralyzed by information overload. Despite a wealth of information at our fingertips, high- quality, unbiased facts have become increasingly hidden in our noisy, saturated world. Worse, much of the public discourse has become routinely gridlocked, as proponents on each side of a debate regularly come to the table armed with their own “facts.” Faced with this deluge of information, the role of congressional staffers is increasingly one of fact-checking rather than fact-finding. [Note: contains copyrighted material].
http://newamerica.net/sites/newamerica.net/files/policydocs/How_Do_They_Know.pdf [PDF format, 16 pages].
Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism. December 11, 2012.
In the growing realm of mobile news, men and the more highly educated emerge as more engaged news consumers, according to the study. These findings parallel, for the most part, demographic patterns of general news consumption. But there are some important areas of difference between mobile and general news habits-particularly among young people. While they are much lighter news consumers generally and have largely abandoned the print news product, young people get news on mobile devices to similar degrees as older users. And, when getting news through apps, young people say they prefer a print-like experience over one with high-tech or multi-media features. [Note: contains copyrighted material].
http://www.journalism.org/sites/journalism.org/files/DemographicsFinal1.pdf [PDF format, 17 pages].