One third of Americans have abandoned a media outlet because of reduced reporting

by Curtis Lee Fulton

One third of Americans say they’ve abandoned a media outlet because of reduced reporting, according to a new study by Pew Research Center. News output is down across all mediums, the study finds, and 60% of Americans are unaware of the financial challenges in the news industry today.

Pew says that newspapers have cut stuff 30% since a peak in 2000, now under total 40,000 employees. Local television stories are shorter now than in 2005, with coverage of government halved and replaced sports, weather and traffic, now 40% of the broadcast. Cable live coverage is down 30% from 2007 to 2012, while cheaper interview segments are up 31%. News magazines have declined too, as Newsweek recently ended its print edition and cut stuff and Time announced 5% staff cuts for 2013.