57% of teachers use Internet-based news in the classroom

Robert MacMillan of Reuters reports on a new study by the Carnegie-Knight Task Force on the Future of Journalism Education. The study found that 57% of teachers use Internet-based news in the classroom with some frequency, compared with 31% for national television news, 28% for daily newspapers, and only 13% for local television news. One of the 1,262 teachers in grades 5 through 12 who were surveyed in the fall of 2006 was quoted as saying, “Students do not relate to newspapers at all, any more than they would to vinyl records.”

According to Journalism.org, after several years of tight competition at top, “Yahoo News pulled away some from the pack among news websites in traffic in 2006.” The “Big Four” include two news search engines: Yahoo News and AOL News.

According to year-end figures from comScore Media Metrix, Yahoo News averaged 31.4 million unique visitors a month in 2006. Second place MSNBC had 25.9 million, followed by CNN (21.3 million) and AOL News (21 million).

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