Fact Tank Mar. 26, 2015

The challenges of using Facebook for research

We wanted to analyze the role Facebook played as a means for people to hear about, discuss and share local news. But getting the data we needed wasn’t easy.

Fact Tank Mar. 23, 2015

On Twitter, local news is hard to find

Here’s a rundown of what worked and what didn’t in using Twitter for our research of three local news ecosystems.

Fact Tank Mar. 20, 2015

Case study: More residents see local news quality as better than worse

And more think keeping up with local news has gotten easier than harder, according to our analysis of the media landscape in three U.S. cities.

Media & News Mar. 5, 2015

Local News in a Digital Age

In-depth case studies in three disparate cities (Denver, Macon and Sioux City) show that local news still matters, with nearly nine-in-ten city residents following it closely.

Fact Tank Mar. 5, 2015

5 key takeaways about local news media ‘ecosystems’

Pew Research Center’s new report examines the local news environment in three U.S. metropolitan areas of different population size and demographic makeup.

Fact Tank Mar. 5, 2015

Q/A: How Pew Research analyzed local media ‘ecosystems’

Our new report on local news in a digital age looks at both the organizations providing the news and the residents consuming it.

Fact Tank Feb. 26, 2015

As 2016 election looms, MSNBC shakes up its programming strategy

MSNBC shifts its focus toward “original reporting” as its overall ratings remain strong, but total revenue for the year lags significantly behind CNN’s.

Fact Tank Feb. 13, 2015

From telegrams to Instagram, a look at presidents and technology

President Obama’s recent interviews with Buzzfeed and Vox, and his embrace of online news and social media more generally, stands in a long tradition of presidents employing novel communications technologies to speak to Americans directly.

Fact Tank Feb. 12, 2015

America’s news anchors are less recognizable now, but network news is still alive

NBC’s suspension of anchor Brian Williams from the helm of its flagship evening news program has led to some debate about the future for network television news.

Fact Tank Feb. 11, 2015

Jon Stewart to step down from The Daily Show, where he pioneered news through comedy

As Stewart moves on to his next endeavor, here are some key facts about how he has carved out his place in the journalistic world.