Where People Get Information about Restaurants and Local Businesses

Dec 14, 2011

People looking for information about local restaurants and other businesses say they rely on the internet, especially search engines, ahead of any other source.

Newspapers, both printed copies and the websites of newspaper companies, run second behind the internet as the source that people rely on for news and information about local businesses, including restaurants and bars.

Finding news on restaurants, bars and other local businesses are among the most popular of 16 local topics explored in a national survey by Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism and Pew Internet & American Life Project, produced in association with the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. The survey probed how people learn about their communities in a new way, asking about specific subjects and discovered that people use a complex range of different sources.

Read the full report, Where People Get Information about Restaurants and Local Businesses, on the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism Web site.

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