Fact Tank Apr. 17, 2015

5 facts about the BP oil spill

The 2010 spill was one of the two biggest stories of the year in terms of news interest. Support for offshore drilling plummeted, but has largely recovered.

Fact Tank Apr. 6, 2015

From Twitter to Instagram, a different #Ferguson conversation

On social media, hashtags have long been used as a shorthand way of organizing a conversation around an event or topic. One widely used hashtag over the past year is #Ferguson, which started after the police shooting of an unarmed black man in Ferguson, Mo., and has since become a kind of connective tissue for […]

Fact Tank Mar. 27, 2015

How citizens and investigative journalists handle privacy protection

The public’s muted response on possible government monitoring of their online behavior differs from that of investigative journalists, whose work makes them potential targets for monitoring.

Fact Tank Mar. 26, 2015

The challenges of using Facebook for research

We wanted to analyze the role Facebook played as a means for people to hear about, discuss and share local news. But getting the data we needed wasn’t easy.

Fact Tank Mar. 23, 2015

On Twitter, local news is hard to find

Here’s a rundown of what worked and what didn’t in using Twitter for our research of three local news ecosystems.

Fact Tank Mar. 20, 2015

Case study: More residents see local news quality as better than worse

And more think keeping up with local news has gotten easier than harder, according to our analysis of the media landscape in three U.S. cities.

Fact Tank Mar. 13, 2015

Study finds racial, ethnic divide in attention to crime news

Crime consistently ranks as one of the most followed and discussed topics by the public, and it receives more attention in local news media than almost any other subject. A recent Pew Research Center report reinforces these findings but also suggests that certain groups of residents pay closer attention to local crime than others in […]

Fact Tank Mar. 5, 2015

5 key takeaways about local news media ‘ecosystems’

Pew Research Center’s new report examines the local news environment in three U.S. metropolitan areas of different population size and demographic makeup.

Fact Tank Mar. 5, 2015

Q/A: How Pew Research analyzed local media ‘ecosystems’

Our new report on local news in a digital age looks at both the organizations providing the news and the residents consuming it.

Fact Tank Feb. 26, 2015

As 2016 election looms, MSNBC shakes up its programming strategy

MSNBC shifts its focus toward “original reporting” as its overall ratings remain strong, but total revenue for the year lags significantly behind CNN’s.