Fact Tank May. 22, 2015

The declining value of U.S. newspapers

Over the past two decades, major newspapers across the country have seen a recurring cycle of ownership changes and steep declines in value.

Fact Tank May. 19, 2015

More Americans are using social media to connect with politicians

Overall, 16% of registered voters follow candidates for office, political parties, or elected officials on a social networking site.

Fact Tank May. 14, 2015

News audiences spread the word, but few get involved in local journalism

We asked residents in Denver, Macon, Ga., and Sioux City, Iowa, about the actions they take to gather, share and add to the news in their communities.

Fact Tank May. 7, 2015

On UK elections, the talk on Twitter is largely negative

A new Pew Research Center analysis of the months leading up to election day finds that four of the six parties studied received more negative commentary than positive.

Fact Tank Apr. 29, 2015

5 key takeaways from State of the News Media 2015

Our annual report surveys the landscape of U.S. journalism, from the changes driven by mobile devices to the ups and downs of legacy news organizations.

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.