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Ask Alabama poll shows Internet Web sites are the rising stars of Alabama news media

AUBURN – Although the majority of Alabama residents get most of their news from local television broadcasts, Internet sites are becoming players in the field of journalism and are challenging daily newspapers for the runner-up spot in the Alabama news sweepstakes.

When polled regarding the primary source for news about their region of Alabama, a majority of those surveyed (56 percent) said from local television newscasts. Daily newspapers and the Internet trailed at 15 percent and 14 percent, respectively, followed by local radio, chosen by 6 percent, weekly newspapers, 3 percent and friends and neighbors, 1 percent.

Noting the generational shift behind these numbers, David Hill, associate director of Auburn University’s Center for Governmental Services, observes that “there is a new generation of news consumers and they are going to the Web more often than their parents do.”

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