Arkansas News Bureau columnist John Brummett recounts our recent Talk Business-Hendrix College Poll in which we asked where Arkansans get their legislative news.
Our poll found that 37% get their capitol political news from local TV, while 35% find it in newspapers. Another 15% are online for their predominant news source, and 13% get it from elsewhere.
Brummett notes that the numbers can be interpreted a variety of ways and he suggests that the convergence of old and new media is probably a more likely (and hopeful) direction for news coverage to develop.
What I am suggesting — hoping, maybe — is that there is a natural meshing and co-dependency of print and digital sources that could well-serve their fruitful co-existence as well as the general public information needs of a struggling democracy.
A blogger might show you the latest congressional redistricting map. But it might be a newspaper columnist who would ridicule it the next morning as the Pig Trail Gerrymander or the Fayetteville Finger.
You can read his full take at this link.