Report: Digital sites bring momentum to news

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NEW YORK (AP) -- A journalism think tank says growth at digital news outlets is bringing momentum to the news industry.

The Pew Research Center's annual state of the news media includes plenty of sobering statistics, including data showing that advertising revenue at newspapers declined 52 percent between 2003 and 2012. Full-time newspaper employment dropped 6.4 percent in 2012. Without providing exact figures, Pew said full-time employment continued to shrink last year.

But Pew's Amy Mitchell points to growing staffs at digital news sites like BuzzFeed and Mashable, and more money being pumped into international coverage at non-mainstream outlets.

More than their elders, young people are finding news clips online and learning about stories on social media. The report found that half of Facebook and Twitter users get news from the sites.

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