ARGH! the hubris of this article really annoys me.
I think the catch in this PEJ study is "six key stories" — "key" as defined by whom? In my experience, nontraditional media (including blogs) regularly surface LOTS of news — local and hyperlocal stories, niche stories, all sorts of topics. The people who do this tend not to chase the same kinds of stories that newspapers do. They're adding a lot of value to the ecosystem.
The study has a basic flaw, and I expect more news orgs will try to skew it, like the LA TImes did here, to try to comfort/justify themselves. :::foreheadmeetwall:::