Media & NewsMar 28, 2016

Changing a social media profile picture is one way to express support or solidarity

In the wake of attacks in Brussels and in Lahore, Pakistan, some social media users are changing their profile pictures to express solidarity with victims and the people of these countries. Social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter have become a common way for Americans to get news, but they also can provide a way for […]

Internet & TechMar 18, 2016

5 facts about Twitter at age 10

Five facts about Twitter, as the microblogging platform marks its 10th anniversary.

Media & NewsMar 4, 2016

Half of those who aren’t learning about the election feel their vote doesn’t matter

About one-in-ten Americans (9%) did not learn about this year’s presidential election in a given week from any of 11 types of sources asked about in a January Pew Research Center survey. One striking trait of this group is their lack of faith in the impact of voting. Half of this group thinks that their […]

Media & NewsFeb 25, 2016

How the 2016 presidential campaign is being discussed on Reddit

News is a major part of Reddit, an online discussion forum that calls itself “the front page of the internet.” The site has hosted Q&A sessions with newsmakers from President Obama to Amy Poehler, and it sends many of its millions of daily visitors to news sites and other publishers. Using data from a nationally […]

Media & NewsFeb 9, 2016

Among Millennials engaged in primaries, Dems more likely to learn about the election from social media

While Millennials overall are more likely than older generations to get political news through social media, there are striking party-line differences, particularly among Millennials who say they are very likely to take part in the primaries and caucuses.

Media & NewsJan 28, 2016

Contentious Republican debates lure many Democrats to tune in

While a majority of Americans have watched at least one of the debates for the 2016 presidential election, there are striking differences between parties when it comes to which side’s debates people are watching.

Media & NewsJan 27, 2016

Crowdfunding enables diverse new frontier for journalism projects

Though the revenue involved and amount of content produced are nowhere near what comes through the more mainstream media, crowdfunding can help bring to reality work that might otherwise not see the light of day.

Media & NewsJan 27, 2016

The demographic trends shaping American politics in 2016 and beyond

In an era of head-snapping racial, social, cultural, economic, religious, gender, generational and technological change, Americans have been sorting themselves into think-alike communities that reflect not only their politics but their demographics.

Media & NewsJan 7, 2016

In 21 states, local newspapers lack a dedicated D.C. reporter covering Congress

Between 2009 and 2014, the number of Washington-based reporters for local newspapers accredited by the Senate to cover Congress declined by 11%.

Media & NewsJan 6, 2016

Around half of newspaper readers rely only on print edition

Even in the digital era, many local news consumers still rely on the print product for their news.