Newspaper readers know more about current affairs than those who get their news from TV and other media, a survey finds.
The Korea Press Foundation asked respondents multiple-choice questions about current affairs such as who was the Republican presidential candidate in the U.S. last year.
Newspaper readers gave more correct answers than those who relied on TV, radio and the Internet. Newspaper readers topped the list with an average 62.5 percent accuracy rate. Next came radio listeners (60.9 percent), Internet users (60.3 percent), and TV audiences (55.5 percent).
The difference between newspaper readers and other media users exists even among college students.
"It has been proven that newspaper readers are more knowledgeable," said Rhee June-woong, a professor at Seoul National University. "Newspaper readers get more current information because they have continuous access to news, as compared to TV audience or Internet users, who have only intermittent access."
This survey was conducted among 5,000 adults nationwide by Gallup Korea for the KPF from Aug. 23 to Oct. 5 last year.