Internet & Tech Aug. 28, 2008

Podcasts Proliferate, But Not Mainstream

Nearly one in five internet users (19%) has downloaded a podcast to listen to or view later — up from 12% in 2006. But podcasting has yet to become a fixture in the everyday lives of internet users, as very few download podcasts on a typical day.

U.S. Politics Aug. 17, 2008

Key News Audiences Now Blend Online and Traditional Sources

For more than a decade, audiences for most traditional news sources have steadily declined and the number of people getting news online has surged. The Pew Research Center for the People & the Press’ biannual media study also finds that a growing number of news consumers mix both old and new sources. The report presents a typology that breaks Americans into four groups: Integrators, Net-Newsers, Traditionalists and the Disengaged.

Media & News Jul. 21, 2008

The Changing Newsroom: Gains and Losses in Today’s Papers

It has fewer pages than three years ago, the paper stock is thinner, and the stories are shorter. There is less foreign and national news, less space devoted to science, the arts, features and a range of specialized subjects. These are just some of the changes documented in a new report by the Project for Excellence in Journalism that examines the resources in American newsrooms at a critical time.

Internet & Tech May. 19, 2008

Tracking China’s Earthquake on TV and the Internet – Part II

In a second dispatch, our Beijing correspondent reports that Chinese TV is back to being the voice of the government. Meanwhile, the internet has become a more wild-west version of itself, with a virtual explosion of content that runs the gamut from informative to creative, irresponsible, angry, maudlin…

Internet & Tech May. 16, 2008

Tracking China’s Earthquake on TV and the Internet

While the internet proved to be a faster and more varied source of news about the disaster, Chinese television reports have shown an unprecedented absence of censorship: “The faces in these productions tell everything. The soldiers are young; the grief is raw; the eyes are desperate.”

Media & News May. 8, 2008

The Daily Show: Journalism, Satire or Just Laughs?

An examination of whether America’s 4th-ranked journalist, Jon Stewart, is really the host of a news program.

Media & News Apr. 23, 2008

So, Just How Different Is Rupert Murdoch’s New Wall Street Journal?

A Project for Excellence in Journalism content study finds that, to date, the newly staked out battleground between the Journal and Times seems to be located mostly on the playing field of politics.

U.S. Politics Apr. 15, 2008

Network News Signing Off?

Speculation over Katie Couric’s future as anchor of the CBS Evening News has raised the broader question of how long the three nightly network news broadcasts will be able to survive.

Media & News Mar. 17, 2008

State of the News Media 2008

The Project for Excellence in Journalism’s annual report finds that the current crisis in journalism may be less the loss of audience than the decoupling of news and advertising. On the upside, some news organizations have become places of risk and innovation with growing connection with audiences.

U.S. Politics Jan. 11, 2008

The Internet’s Broader Role in Campaign 2008

The internet is living up to its potential as a major source for news about the presidential races. Nearly a quarter of Americans say they regularly learn something about the campaign from the internet, almost double the percentage at a comparable point in 2004.