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Ever talked to a local journalist? Few Americans have

May 13, 2019 2:15 pm
Laura Hazard Owen is reporting for NiemanLab [dot] org 78 percent of Americans have never spoken with a local journalist. The 21 percent who have are likely to be white, college-educated and older, according to data released by the Pew Research Center, May 10. Roughly 23 percent of white people interacted with a journalist, "compared with 19 percent of blacks and 14 percent of Hispanics, according to the [Pew] survey, conducted Oct. 15 to Nov. 8, 2018, among nearly 35,000 U.S. adults." Educational attainment and income are also tied to a person's likelihood of having talked with local news media, according to Pew's findings. People with at least a college degree are almost twice as likely as those with a high school diploma or less to have spoken with a local journalist. The percentage of people with an income of $75,000 or more who have been interviewed by local media is greater than those who earn less. And Pew also found that, in 2018, fewer Americans said they had spoken with a local journalist than said the same thing in 2016. Read the full story at NiemanLab [dot] org.