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Pay for news? More than half of Americans say they do

Associated Press logo Associated Press 5/2/2017

NEW YORK (AP) — A battered news industry can find hope in a survey that gauges public willingness to pay for journalism.

A new study reveals that a little more than half of Americans regularly pay for news, through subscriptions, buying apps or donating to public media. And it's not just older folks: nearly four in 10 Americans under age 35 also pay for news.

That's according to the Media Insight Project, a collaboration between the American Press Institute and The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.

The study finds that a quarter of people who confess to getting news for free would be at least moderately likely to pay for the same information if forced to do so.

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