Social Networks Are Major News Source
A new Pew Research report that 75% of Americans who get news online get it through social networks, including email.
It's certainly a fast way of disseminating information. News typically spreads like wildfire on Twitter before it hits the front page of most major news organizations. Of course, it's also a remarkably effective way to spread misinformation, so hopefully people don't start using it to take the place of more traditional media sources.
And, at least for the time being, the rest of (digital) media does appear to be safe. While 78% of Americans continue to get their news on TV, only 7% stick to a single outlet, with 59% reporting that they get their news from multiple sources (which all probably pull all their content from the same AP wire!).
The slow death of print news, however, is further confirmed by the fact that only 17% of Americans reported getting news through a newspaper. Bill Keller is weeping.