Pew Research Center survey reports, demographic studies and data-driven analysis

Media & NewsMarch 19, 2011

Emerging Economics of Community News

It is easy to oversimplify what is happening in online news. Breathless headlines — from the $315 million sale of The Huffington Post to AOL, Patch’s march to 1,000 plus local sites, to the early dismantling of TBD.com in Washington, D.C. – tend to obscure other important efforts, especially on the local front.

Media & NewsMarch 19, 2011

Why U.S. Newspapers Suffer More than Others

While print newspapers everywhere face difficult challenges in the future, newspapers in the United States today are suffering more acutely than those virtually anywhere else in the world. In sharp contrast with the U.S. situation, overall print newspaper circulation worldwide has dipped only slightly so far in 2010. Revenues are expected to rise, according to a new report from the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism.

Media & NewsMarch 19, 2011

Survey: Mobile News & Paying Online

Local news is going mobile. Nearly half of all American adults (47%) report that they get at least some local news and information on their cellphone or tablet computer.

Pew Research CenterMarch 17, 2011

Twitter Responds to Japan’s Disaster

The response to the earthquake illustrated the different ways in which Twitter functions as a social media tool. Initially, the site served as a way to get breaking information from a variety of official and unofficial sources, including eyewitness accounts. It also acted as an electronic bulletin board. And once the scope of the catastrophe became apparent, Twitter became a place to raise funds for the recovery effort and express concern for the victims.

Pew Research CenterMarch 15, 2011

A Dramatic Week Ends in Disaster

The devastating earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan late in the week overwhelmed earlier coverage of the Libyan civil war, passage of anti-collective bargaining legislation in Wisconsin and hearings on radical Islam.

Pew Research CenterMarch 14, 2011

State of the News Media 2011

By several measures, the state of the American news media improved in 2010. After two dreadful years, most sectors of the industry saw revenue begin to recover. The biggest issue ahead, however, may not be lack of audience or even lack of new revenue experiments. It may be that in the digital realm the news industry is no longer in control of its own future.

Pew Research CenterMarch 10, 2011

Blogs Debate Budget Cuts

Continuing a recent trend, blogs focused on hot-button domestic issues rather than Middle East turmoil, which has held the mainstream media’s interest.

Pew Research CenterMarch 8, 2011

As Gaddafi Clings to Power, Media Keep Focus on Middle East

For the fifth time in the past six weeks, the situation in the Middle East was the No. 1 story in the mainstream media.

Pew Research CenterMarch 3, 2011

Blogs Debate Wisconsin, Unions

On blogs, a passionate debate — clearly split along ideological lines — raged over the role of unions in American politics and economics.

Pew Research CenterMarch 1, 2011

Media Attention Turns To Libya

The news devoted to the Middle East in the past five weeks easily exceeds any month of coverage of the Iraq war since January 2007.