January 31, 2011

Today's model of "consuming" journalism bears little resemblance to the old-time model of perusing the newspaper for 20 or 30 minutes at a time at the breakfast table and after work, the head of a journalism think tank told members of the U.S. bishops' Committee on Communications Jan. 12.

"Most of what we knew about how people get news is obsolete now," said Tom Rosenstiel, founder and director of the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism.

He recommended that Church leaders learn to "speak all the different formats" and to "understand the potential each medium has and exploit that."

Rosenstiel said the vast majority of people today get their news from multiple platforms but are "not aimless wanderers."

ost visit two to five websites daily; about a third visit each site several times a day.