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Michael Barthel

Senior Researcher

Michael Barthel is a senior researcher at Pew Research Center, where he focuses on U.S. public opinion of the news media, journalism, and social media. He is the author of reports on the newspaper and public broadcasting media sectors, fake news, civic engagement and news habits, attitudes toward the news media, and Americans’ use of Reddit for news. Barthel received his Ph.D. in communication from the University of Washington, where his research primarily addressed trust in the news media and digital journalism. He regularly discusses his research in interviews with the press and at speaking engagements.

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Pew Research CenterAugust 21, 2018

5 facts about the state of the news media in 2017

Audiences for nearly every major sector of the U.S. news media fell in 2017 except for radio. Cable news revenue continued to rise, as did digital ad revenue.

Pew Research CenterJune 21, 2018

The news that bots share on Twitter tends not to focus on politics

On Twitter, suspected bots are far more active in sharing links to news sites focusing on nonpolitical content than to sites with a political focus.

Media & NewsJune 18, 2018

Distinguishing Between Factual and Opinion Statements in the News

The politically aware, digitally savvy and those more trusting of the news media fare better in differentiating factual statements from opinions.

Media & NewsJune 13, 2018

Newspapers Fact Sheet

Newspapers are a critical part of the American news landscape, but they have been hit hard as more and more Americans consume news digitally.

Pew Research CenterJune 5, 2018

Almost seven-in-ten Americans have news fatigue, more among Republicans

If you feel like there is too much news and you can’t keep up, you are not alone. A sizable portion of Americans are feeling overwhelmed by the amount of news there is.

Media & NewsJanuary 29, 2018

Sources Shared on Twitter: A Case Study on Immigration

An analysis of 9.7 million tweets reveals that news organizations played the largest role in which content was linked to in discussions about immigration compared with other information providers.

Media & NewsJune 1, 2017

Despite subscription surges for largest U.S. newspapers, circulation and revenue fall for industry overall

Some major newspapers reported a sharp jump in digital subscriptions, but the industry as a whole faced ongoing challenges in 2016.

Media & NewsFebruary 17, 2017

For election news, young people turned to some national papers more than their elders

When we asked people if they regularly got news about the 2016 presidential election through either the print or online version of four specific U.S. newspapers, three of these papers – The New York Times, The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal – attracted more adults younger than 50 than 50 and older as regular readers.

Fact TankNovember 18, 2016

Majority of U.S. adults think news media should not add interpretation to the facts

A majority of U.S. adults (59%) reject the idea of adding interpretation, saying that the news media should present the facts alone

Fact TankJune 15, 2016

5 key takeaways about the State of the News Media in 2016

The State of the News Media in 2016 is uncertain, with daily newspapers looking shakier than ever, digital advertising and audiences continuing to grow, and TV news mostly seeing gains in revenue.