Fact Tank Oct. 9, 2014

Cutbacks at CNN highlight the cable news paradox

In terms of TV viewership, cable news peaked as a medium around the 2008 presidential election and, while showing impressive potential in digital, the business model is uncertain.

Fact Tank Sep. 5, 2014

What drove spike in public comments on net neutrality? Likely, a comedian

While some evidence suggests that the amount of news media coverage mirrored that of the public’s comments on the FCC’s proposed net neutrality policy changes, our analysis found that more likely drivers of comments were grassroots efforts, as well as a popular comedian’s 13-minute segment on net neutrality that aired on cable television and found a large online audience.

Fact Tank Aug. 25, 2014

Where was Ferguson in my Facebook feed?

There were big differences in the content related to Ferguson on Twitter and Facebook. Was the reason what users wanted from each, or the sites’ algorithms?

Fact Tank May. 15, 2014

Net neutrality: A made-for-web debate

The complex issue of net neutrality is not likely to be dinner conversation for many in the U.S. Still, the Federal Communications Commission vote expected today could dramatically impact the flow of digital content Americans receive, not to mention the bottom line for many major U.S. technology and content companies. So, where could the public […]

Fact Tank Apr. 25, 2014

As digital ad sales grow, news outlets get a smaller share

While the digital ad pie is growing, the numbers show that news organizations are competing for an increasingly smaller share of those dollars.

Fact Tank Apr. 10, 2014

Small digital news sites: young, lean and local

A new Pew Research Center State of the News Media analysis finds that the growing digital news world is largely comprised of hundreds of smaller sites, often local in scope, that are working to fill gaps left by legacy reporting cuts.

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Media & News Mar. 26, 2014

8 Key Takeaways about Social Media and News

As news organizations work to understand how consumers interact with digital news, the Pew Research Center’s Journalism Project, in collaboration with the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, delved into how news is functioning in the social media space.

Fact Tank Mar. 17, 2014

5 key findings about digital news audiences

Web visitors who arrive at news sites by typing in a URL or clicking a bookmark behave quite differently from those who arrive via search engine or social media.

Media & News Mar. 13, 2014

Direct Visitors More Engaged with News Websites

Visitors who go directly to news websites spend about three times as long there as those who arrive via search engine or Facebook.

Mar. 4, 2014

More than half of Millennials have shared a ‘selfie’

A new Pew Research Center survey finds that 55% of those ages 25 to 32 have posted a “selfie” on a social media site; no other generation is nearly as inclined to do this.