Media & News Sep. 12, 2007

The News You Choose

In a world without journalists, or at least without editors, what would the news agenda look like? A one-week study of a new crop of user-driven news sites by the Project for Excellence in Journalism suggests that the news agenda would be more diverse, more transitory, and often drawn from a very different and perhaps controversial list of sources.

Media & News Sep. 4, 2007

Fred Thompson’s Online Campaign Is in Full Swing

When he formally enters the 2008 race this week, former Sen. Fred Thompson can behave in all ways like a presidential candidate. But on his “testing the waters” website, I’mwithFred.com, he’s already been busy reaching out to supporters.

U.S. Politics Aug. 9, 2007

Internet News Audience Highly Critical of News Organizations

Americans continue to fault news organizations for a number of perceived failures. Solid majorities criticize the news media for political bias, inaccuracy and failing to acknowledge mistakes. Some of the harshest indictments of the press come from the growing segment that relies on the internet as its main news source.

Pew Research Center Jul. 24, 2007

Uploading Democracy: Candidates Field YouTube Questions

Tuesday night’s Democratic debate was widely anticipated for its groundbreaking format. Candidates took on a host of issues asked by citizens via YouTube videos; what follows is an analysis of the format and major themes of the debate as compared with public opinion data.

Media & News Jul. 12, 2007

Are Candidate Web Sites Propaganda or News?

Through their official websites, the campaigns themselves are challenging the press as a destination for news.

U.S. Politics Jul. 12, 2007

Campaign Internet Videos: “Sopranos” Spoof vs. “Obama Girl”

They originate on the internet, but more people are viewing them on TV than online.

Media & News Jun. 11, 2007

A Spiritual Network in Cyberspace

If Beliefnet is not exactly a household name, it is an interesting experiment in online journalism. For one thing, its own turbulent history in some ways reflects the trajectory of the internet itself. For another, the strategy it has settled on — a subject specific site that offers interactivity, networking and journalistic even-handedness — may offer one working blueprint for the rapidly evolving field of Web information.

Media & News May. 25, 2007

A Quarter’s Worth of News Coverage

Three-month review of media finds Iraq coverage was mostly about the U.S., while 2008 campaign coverage was mostly about Democrats.

Pew Research Center Apr. 4, 2007

Cruising for News: The State of Digital Journalism

The Project for Excellence in Journalism’s State of the Media Report provides an interactive tool to help users understand news options available on the Web.

Media & News Mar. 12, 2007

State of the American News Media, 2007: Mainstream Media Go Niche

The Project for Excellence in Journalism’s fourth annual report finds every sector of TV news lost audience in 2006. Newspapers, while garnering larger audiences for their content via online platforms, faced more downbeat financial assessments.