It has been an extraordinary year of developments in journalism, but the Pew Research Center for People & The Press may have saved the most interesting for last.
New research indicates the Internet has surpassed newspapers as a source for news in the United States. For young people the Internet now rivals television as an information source.
The data indicate not so much newspapers in decline as the Internet in ascendance. The survey by Pew suggests 40 per cent get most of their news from the Internet, while 35 per cent get most of it from newspapers. Television remains the top provider of national and international news.
While the U.S. election clearly shifted the Internet into a prime information role, people said the top story of the year was the economy, not the vote.