Seeing as you’re currently visiting EW.com (thanks, by the way!), it’s a safe assumption that you’re not seeking out your local news at the moment. Unless, of course, you live on Wisteria Lane or Redemption Island or you consider Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs a reliable weather prediction source. As it turns out, according to a new study conducted by the Pew Research Center, many of you have changing attitudes — and habits — about how you get your local news.
The report, which was conducted back in January and sampled 2,251 adults aged 18 and older, found that 69 percent of the U.S. population believe “if their local newspaper no longer existed, it would not have a major impact on their ability to keep up with information and news about their community.” But don’t start collecting donations for a possibly displaced Family Circus just yet: Local newspapers are more of necessity to people’s lives than they thought. READ FULL STORY