Media & News Dec. 8, 2011

Twitter and the Campaign

The political conversation on Twitter is markedly different than that on blogs—and both are decidedly different than the political narrative presented by the mainstream press, according to a new study by the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism that analyzed more than 20 million tweets, the online conversation and traditional news coverage about the campaign.

Media & News Nov. 14, 2011

How Mainstream Media Outlets Use Twitter

A new study of the practices of 13 major news organizations by the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism and George Washington University’s School of Media and Public Affairs reveals that these news organizations use Twitter in limited ways-primarily as an added means to disseminate their own material.

Media & News Nov. 9, 2011

Cain’s Bad Stretch–A Campaign Coverage Update

While his support continued to hold in the polls, businessman and GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain was the focus of a much tougher narrative in the news media last week, according to an analysis by the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism.

Media & News Oct. 25, 2011

The Tablet Revolution and What it Means for the Future of News

Just 18 months after the introduction of the iPad, a new Pew Research Center study details the way in which the tablet is creating a revolution in how people get their news. About one-in-ten Americans now own a tablet, and more than half use it every day to read long articles as well as headlines.

Media & News Oct. 17, 2011

The Media Primary

Rick Perry received the most favorable coverage of any candidate for president during the first five months of the race, but now Herman Cain is enjoying that distinction. Meanwhile Barack Obama has had the roughest treatment, according to a new survey which combines traditional research methods and computer algorithmic technology to code the level and tone of news coverage.

Media & News Sep. 26, 2011

How People Learn About Their Local Community

Contrary to much of the conventional understanding of how people learn about their communities, Americans turn to a wide range of platforms to get local news and information, and where they turn varies considerably depending and the subject matter and their age.

Media & News Aug. 29, 2011

Hispanic Media: Faring Better than the Mainstream Media

Spanish-language media faces challenges — such as an increasingly U.S.-born Latino population — but it still tends to fare better overall than their mainstream English-language counterparts.

Media & News Jul. 29, 2011

For a Second a Week, it’s Debt Crisis and Tabloid Scandal

Two stories that have become fixtures in the headlines—the deadlocked debt debate and the intensifying News of the World phone hacking scandal—accounted for more than half of last week’s newshole, relegating other significant events to secondary status in the media.

Media & News Jul. 28, 2011

Bloggers Assess Motives of the Norway Attacker

Most of the posts in the blogosphere following the dramatic July 22 attacks in Norway that resulted in at least 68 deaths focused on passing along breaking news and facts, but the next biggest topic of conversation centered around the motives and ideology of the killer, Anders Behring Breivik.

Media & News Jul. 22, 2011

Hacking Scandal Tops Twitter for a Second Week

Nearly a fifth of the news links on Twitter were about the phone hacking scandal, making it the top story on that platform, although accounting for far less than the 53% of links the previous week. The new Google+ social networking site was the second most-discussed story.