Latinos prefer their news in English

The study points to several determining factors

Latinos prefer their news in EnglishOne of the most influential Latino Journalists in the U.S., Jorge Ramos
One of the most influential Latino Journalists in the U.S., Jorge Ramos

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A new study found that a large number of Latinos who live in the United States, prefer to get their news in English from such sources like radio, television, newspapers and on the internet.

The Pew Research Center stated that during 2012, 82% of Hispanic adults reported to have consumed their news in English, an increase of 4%, compared to 2006 when it was 78%. Also, during this same period of time, there was a 10% reduction of those who got their news in Spanish that went from 78% in 2006 to 68% in 2012. And the percentage of those who consumed their news in both languages (English and Spanish) also declined by 7%, from 57% to 50%.

According to the Pew Research report, “The rise in use of English news sources has been driven by an increase in the share of Hispanics who say they get their news exclusively in English. One-third (32%) of Hispanic adults in 2012 did this, up from 22% in 2006. By contrast, the share of Hispanic adults who get their news exclusively in Spanish has decreased to 18% in 2012 from 22% in 2006.”

The study points to changes of Latinos who speak English, the low rates of migration to the United States, Latinos who have now lived several years in the U.S., and the birth rate of Latinos in the country, as being a big part of the determining factors of this study.

The report also mentions that now 45% of Hispanics try to keep up-to-date on the news on a daily basis, and that 86% prefer it from television, but also that the consumption of news from the internet has increased, leaving behind the radio and other print versions of media.

Seven-in-ten Hispanic adults say the Spanish-language news media do an "excellent" or "good" job covering news specifically relevant to Hispanics in the U.S. By contrast, about six-in-ten Hispanic adults say the English-language news media do an “excellent" or "good" job in covering news relevant to Hispanics in the U.S

Brenda.Colon@sandiegored.com

Omar.Martinez@Sandiegored.com

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