Pew Research Center survey reports, demographic studies and data-driven analysis
Health Care News Coverage Wanes; Opponents Won the ’Messaging’ War
Health care reform largely disappeared as a subject in the American news media as it wended its way through the legal system to the Supreme Court. But during the the political battle over the legislation, opponents of the reform won the so-called “messaging war” in the coverage.
Facebook IPO Not Selling on Social Media
The Facebook IPO was a hot topic on blogs, Twitter and Facebook last week with doubts about the stock’s value exceeding bullishness on the investment.
How the Media Covered the 2012 Primary Campaign
Mitt Romney needed 15 weeks once the primary contests began to gain a secure hold over his party’s nomination for president. But he emerged as the conclusive winner in the media narrative about the race six weeks earlier following a narrow win in his native state, Michigan.
Two Primaries and a Gaffe Shape Campaign Coverage
Another Southern primary win helped lift Rick Santorum to his best week of coverage since mid-February while the high-profile “Etch a Sketch” gaffe by an aide had an impact on Mitt Romney’s narrative.
What Facebook and Twitter Mean for News
Perhaps no topic in technology attracted more attention in 2011 than the rise of social media and its potential impact on news. “If searching for news was the most important development of the last decade, sharing news may be among the most important of the next,” we wrote in a May 2011 report analyzing online news behavior called Navigating News Online.
Mobile Devices and News Consumption: Some Good Signs for Journalism
The migration of audiences toward digital news advanced to a new level in 2011 and early 2012, the era of mobile and multidigital devices. More than three-quarters of U.S. adults own laptop or desktop computers, a number that has been stable for some years.1 Now, in addition, 44% of adults own a smartphone, and the number of tablet owners grew by about 50% since the summer of 2011, to 18% of Americans over age 18.
How Newspapers Are Faring Trying to Build Digital Revenue
The search for a new revenue model to revive the newspaper industry is making only halting progress, but some individual newspapers are faring much better than the industry overall and may provide signs of a path forward.
Digital Advertising and News
Although revenue from digital advertising in the U.S. is expected to grow significantly in the next few years, major news organizations still face challenges in trying to harness that trend and ensure their financial futures as audiences continue to migrate online.
Gingrich and Romney Both Face Mixed Portrayal
As Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney took their battle for the Republican presidential nomination to Florida for its Jan. 31 primary, both of them arrive in the state with portrayals in the news media that are almost equally mixed
Economy Fades as Election Intensifies
The weakening economy was the most-covered news story in 2011, but it has now been overtaken by coverage of the presidential campaign.