Are bloggers journalists and subject to the same laws as journalists (think California's shield law, which protects journalists from having to reveal their story sources)? As that question continues to inspire debate (recall the recent ruling re: the three blogs that published leaked information about an unreleased Apple product), here are some new statistics re: exactly how many people are turning to blogs for their daily dose of news.
As reported in ZDNet:
3% of Americans read blogs daily and only 7% of Americans are very familiar with online blogs, according to a Gallup Poll.
19% are somewhat familiar with blogs, 18% are not too familiar and the remaining 56% of Americans are not familiar at all.
Where do Americans get their news? The percentage of Americans getting their news on a daily basis from the mainstream media is 51% for local television news, 44% for local newspapers, 39% for cable news networks, 36% for the nightly broadcast network news, and 21% for radio talk shows. 3% of Americans say they read Internet blogs every day, and just 2% read politics-focused blogs daily.