Patterns of Internet and Traditional News Media Use in a Networked Community

Scott L. Althaus, David Tewksbury

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The growing popularity of the World Wide Web as a source of news raises questions about the future of traditional news media. Is the Web likely to become a supplement to newspapers and television news, or a substitute for these media? Among people who have access to newspapers, television, and the World Wide Web, why do some prefer to use the Web as a source of news, while others prefer traditional news media? Drawing from a survey of 520 undergraduate students at a large public university where Internet use is woven into the fabric of daily life, this study suggests that use of the Web as a news source is positively related with reading newspapers but has no relationship with viewing television news. Members of this community use the Web mainly as a source of entertainment. Patterns of Web and traditional media exposure are examined in light of computer anxiety, desire for control, and political knowledge. This study suggests that even when computer skills and Internet access become more widespread in the general population, use of the World Wide Web as a news source seems unlikely to diminish substantially use of traditional news media.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)21-45
Number of pages25
JournalPolitical Communication
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2000


  • Computer anxiety
  • Desire for control
  • Internet
  • Media replacement
  • Newspapers
  • On-line news
  • Political knowledge
  • Television news
  • Uses and gratifications
  • World Wide Web

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication
  • Sociology and Political Science


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