How statehouse reporting power compares with a state’s population
State population is one key indicator of the size of a statehouse press corps.
5 key takeaways from our census of statehouse reporters
To inform citizens about what is happening in America’s 50 statehouses, there are currently 1,592 journalists assigned to cover their workings, according to a new Pew Research report.
7 facts about White House press secretaries
When Joshua Earnest formally succeeds the departing Jay Carney as President Barack Obama’s chief liaison with the media, he will become the 30th presidential press secretary since the post was created 85 years ago. Here’s a look at others who held the job.
Small digital news sites: young, lean and local
A new Pew Research Center State of the News Media analysis finds that the growing digital news world is largely comprised of hundreds of smaller sites, often local in scope, that are working to fill gaps left by legacy reporting cuts.
Twitter users give Christie negative marks on bridge scandal
Criticism of the governor among users outnumbered defenders by about 3-to-1 after news broke of e-mails linking his office to closing down traffic lanes in an act of political revenge.
50 years ago, America turned on the television
TV audience and survey data from the days immediately following JFK’s assassination show that Americans collectively tuned in to non-stop coverage that pioneered a new form of wall-to-wall television news delivery.
Obamacare v. Philippines typhoon: How cable covered two big stories
In a week dominated by two mega-stories—the continuing travails of Obamacare and the devastating typhoon in the Philippines—America’s hypercompetitive cable news outlets exercised very different news judgments.
Return of CNN ‘Crossfire’ injects more opinion into evening cable news
CNN’s “Crossfire” is back, injecting more opinion-driven programming into an evening cable news landscape that is already chock full of ideology and commentary.
On Twitter: Anger greets the Zimmerman verdict
The response on Twitter to George Zimmerman’s acquittal in the killing of Trayvon Martin was almost equally divided between sharing news about the verdict and weighing in on it. And among those offering opinions about the outcome, their conclusion was very different from the jurors’. According to a new Pew Research Center analysis of nearly […]
Is MSNBC the place for opinion?
MSNBC president Phil Griffin generated plenty of media attention this week when he said, in a New York Times interview, that his channel was “not the place” for breaking news. “Our brand is not that.” Griffin was responding to a significant decline in MSNBC’s ratings, which the Times reported was down 18% in prime time […]