How do the People of Downtown get their News?

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Kesey Square

When asked about the news, the internet may be their number one source. 

By: Michelle Miley

EUGENE, Ore. – This past Thursday people throughout downtown Eugene were asked where they get their news from. It was a sunny, 80 degree afternoon and downtown was crawling with residents, workers and visitors. One of the people soaking up the rays and eating lunch outside was Kaia Reinke. When asked where gets her news from, Reinke answered, “The internet. It’s just a lot [more] handy and easier. It’s free. I’ll see news on Facebook, I’m also subscribed to emails from the Daily Beast, and that’s mainly where I get everything from.”

Inside the cool, air conditioned shop of Plume Red Heritage Goods works a young woman named Nicole Desche. She prefers to get her news online rather than from her phone because she is usually at work and has easier access to a computer. When asked which website she prefers Desche replied, “I view local news stations, and then the local paper online such as the Register-Guard, The Weekly or The Emerald. I’ll watch KEZI online as well.” The Register-Guard is her preferred news source.

Outside Townshend’s Tea Company a middle aged man, John Faville, was asked how he gets his news as he sat enjoying his freshly brewed tea. He gladly answered, “Multiple ways. I get it online, I read the Register-Guard and I watch the news.” Although he takes advantage of multiple news platforms, he prefers to receive his news from online. “I use Google News and I use Huffington Post,” he added. A few blocks away from Faville were a couple of Eugene street cleaners who were on break. One of the two workers, Mary Alsop, also uses multiple ways to receive news. When asked what she uses she answered, “A lot of different sources. Television channels such as KVAL and KEZI, sometimes facebook.” But when it comes to her favorite she said, “I really like World News a lot, because you can tell worldwide what’s going on.”

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