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Media & News Mar. 26, 2014

Media & News Indicators Database

This database includes detailed data on trends in the news industry. Search by keyword, topic or click on the charts to find data on audience, economics, social media, and reporting resources.

Media & News Mar. 6, 2014

Media Coverage of Pope Francis’ First Year

One year into Francis’ papacy, an analysis by the Pew Research Center finds that the former Jesuit archbishop ranked among the top global newsmakers in major U.S.-based digital news outlets.

Fact Tank Jan. 14, 2014

Five facts about Fox News

Roger Ailes’ 17-year-old Fox News Channel has changed the face of cable news.

Fact Tank Nov. 20, 2013

Obamacare v. Philippines typhoon: How cable covered two big stories

In a week dominated by two mega-stories—the continuing travails of Obamacare and the devastating typhoon in the Philippines—America’s hypercompetitive cable news outlets exercised very different news judgments.

Pew Research Center Oct. 30, 2013

How Media Organizations are Handling the ‘Redskins’ Name

Data as of Oct. 30, 2013. Read Media take sides on ‘Redskins’ name (Fact Tank, Oct. 30, 2013) Media Outlets Boycotting/No Longer Using Name The Richmond Free Press Slate The New Republic Mother Jones Monday Morning Quarterback Washington City Paper DCist The Oregonian The Seattle Times Kansas City Star San Francisco Chronicle Sportsgrid Journalists Boycotting/No Longer […]

Fact Tank Sep. 9, 2013

Return of CNN ‘Crossfire’ injects more opinion into evening cable news

CNN’s “Crossfire” is back, injecting more opinion-driven programming into an evening cable news landscape that is already chock full of ideology and commentary.

Fact Tank Jul. 10, 2013

Sanford, Weiner and Spitzer: Trying to overcome the headlines from their scandals

Three politicians who were forced from office by scandal are currently attempting comebacks. They are trying to overcome misdeeds that put them in the top five political scandals of recent years as measured by the amount of news coverage.

Media & News Jun. 17, 2013

News Coverage Conveys Strong Momentum for Same-Sex Marriage

News stories focusing on support for same-sex marriage outnumbered those opposing it by roughly 5-to-1 in the two months marked by Supreme Court deliberations on the issues.

Fact Tank Jun. 10, 2013

As the Trayvon Martin case goes to trial, remembering a major media event

Today marks the beginning of what is likely to be a closely watched courtroom battle—the murder trial of George Zimmerman for the fatal shooting of 17-year old Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida on February 26, 2012. While there has been ongoing coverage of the case and the run-up to the trial, it may be hard […]

Fact Tank Jun. 5, 2013

Is MSNBC the place for opinion?

MSNBC president Phil Griffin generated plenty of media attention this week when he said, in a New York Times interview, that his channel was “not the place” for breaking news. “Our brand is not that.” Griffin was responding to a significant decline in MSNBC’s ratings, which the Times reported was down 18% in prime time […]