October 3, 2013

PEJ Renamed Pew Research Center’s Journalism Project

Washington (Oct. 3, 2013) — The Project for Excellence in Journalism has been renamed “Pew Research Center’s Journalism Project.” It also relaunched its website, which has been integrated into the main Pew Research Center site and redesigned to be more accessible and easier to use on mobile devices. The project will be under the direction of Amy Mitchell, who was named Pew Research Center’s director of journalism research this summer.

The project, which was founded in 1997, became a part of the Pew Research Center in 2006. While the new name and revamped website more clearly reflect the project’s identity as part of the Pew Research Center, the project’s mission will remain the same: to deliver high-quality research on issues concerning the state of news and information in a changing society.

“Pew Research Center’s mission is to provide reliable, authoritative information and analysis about trends shaping America and the world, and few trends are as important as the rapid transformation of journalism in recent decades,” said Pew Research Center President Alan Murray. “Understanding how people get the news and information they need to be effective citizens is essential to the future of democracy.”

The new website, http://www.pewresearch.org/journalism, has a new look and feel that matches several of the other Pew Research websites and also features an expanded topics list so users can easily explore more than a decade’s worth of in-depth, cutting-edge research on who is reporting news, what is being reported and how news is consumed.

“We hope our redesigned site makes it easier for all users – whether they are journalists, media executives, policymakers or news consumers – to find timely and reliable information about the changing landscape of news and information,” said Mitchell, who has been with the Journalism Project since its inception.

Other changes include:

  • Attribution. Journalists should attribute research conducted by the project to the “Pew Research Center,” not “PEJ.”
  • Social media. The project’s Twitter handle has changed to @pewjournalism; no action is required by its followers. Amy Mitchell’s Twitter handle remains @asmitch. The name change has been reflected on the project’s Facebook page as well.
  • Email addresses. All project staff email addresses now use the @pewresearch.org domain.

If you have any questions about these changes, please contact Dana Page at 202.419.3665 or dpage@pewresearch.org.

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Pew Research Center is a nonpartisan fact tank that informs the public about the issues, attitudes and trends shaping America and the world. It does not take policy positions. Its Journalism Project assesses the state of news and information in a changing society.