REPORT: In the UK, local news sought mostly from offline sources

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Only one in five United Kingdom citizens turn to the internet for local news, reveals a recent study by the British communications regulating body Ofcom. Other journalism-related findings include: A narrow majority of adults (51%) seek local news online at least once a month; hyperlocal news sites in the UK are small in both staff and audience, but their importance to civil society is great and growing; BBC is by far the most relied-upon public service broadcaster; over half of active internet users (59%) frequent blogs and a rough quarter of users report having contributed to a blog.

The study report is available online here (PDF). A partial summary of the report, courtesy of Center for Community Journalism in Cardiff University, is available here.

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