Fact Tank Feb. 4, 2014

Facebook is a news source for many, but only incidentally

Unlike Twitter, which has developed into a go-to source for breaking news, only 28% of Facebook news consumers have ever used the service to track an unfolding news story. And even among that sub-subgroup, fewer than half (41%) said Facebook was among the first places they’d turn to keep up with a breaking news event.

Fact Tank Jan. 30, 2014

On Twitter, criticism exceeds praise for Obama’s speech

The word “women” appeared more often than 30 other search terms in the Twitter discussion, followed by such domestic topics as education, jobs, healthcare reform and the economy.

Fact Tank Jan. 28, 2014

Local TV audiences bounce back

Bucking a long-range trend of declining viewership, the audience for local TV news grew in all three major time slots in 2013.

Fact Tank Jan. 14, 2014

5 facts about Fox News

Roger Ailes’ 17-year-old Fox News Channel has changed the face of cable news.

Fact Tank Jan. 10, 2014

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.

Fact Tank Jan. 9, 2014

Who is this man? Many Americans don’t recognize top news anchor

The lower public awareness of news anchors reflects a large decline in the audience for nightly network news since the 1980s.

Fact Tank Dec. 9, 2013

Like rest of the news industry, campus papers reach for new strategies

Many of the nation’s estimated 1,600 college newspapers are now experimenting with editorial and business innovations in the face of some of the same economic hardships that have hit the rest of the newspaper industry.

Fact Tank Nov. 25, 2013

Local TV stations post mixed results as some feel loss of political ads

The rush to acquire local television stations produced revenue growth for some media companies in the year’s third quarter, while others suffered losses tied to a plunge in political ad dollars.

Fact Tank Nov. 22, 2013

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.

Fact Tank Nov. 20, 2013

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.