Fact Tank Aug. 21, 2013

Time Warner vs. CBS: The high stakes of their fight over fees

The weeks-long battle between Time Warner Cable and CBS that is keeping the network’s programming from being shown in major markets comes down to the all-important question of retransmission fees.

Fact Tank Aug. 20, 2013

NBC makes a bet on getting user-generated content from citizen videographers

NBC News purchased a digital start-up company that allows anyone with a smartphone to stream live video to the network from the scene of breaking news, a move that could lead to increased use of user-generated content.

Fact Tank Aug. 8, 2013

Local TV newsrooms in 2012: Bigger budgets, smaller staffs

The latest data on local television economics offers mixed messages: increasing revenue from news programming but cuts in newsroom budgets.

U.S. Politics Aug. 8, 2013

Amid Criticism, Support for Media’s ‘Watchdog’ Role

The public has a low opinion of the accuracy, fairness and independence of news organizations, but broad majorities agree the press acts as a watchdog by keeping political leaders in check.

Media & News Aug. 7, 2013

What’s Behind the Washington Post Sale?

What does the sale of The Washington Post say about the economics of the paper and the continuing struggles of the newspaper industry? A look at key trends.

Media & News Aug. 5, 2013

Newspapers Invest in Local TV Stations Despite Warning Signs

The economic ills of newspapers are fueling a spate of recent local TV acquisitions by newspaper companies, but the data suggest the local TV news market may not be immune to its own set of problems.

Fact Tank Jul. 29, 2013

What Univision’s milestone says about U.S. demographics

Spanish-language television reached a new milestone in America. Univision finished first among broadcast networks during July sweeps in two highly sought-after demographics: 18- to 49-year-olds and 18- to 34-year-olds. According to Nielsen, between June 27, 2013, and July 24, 2013, Univision averaged 1.8 million viewers ages 18 to 49 nightly, beating out English-language networks FOX, […]

Fact Tank Jul. 25, 2013

Respect for journalists’ contributions has fallen significantly in recent years

About three-in-ten Americans say journalists contribute “a lot” to society’s well-being, a 10-percentage-point drop from four years ago.

Hispanic Jul. 23, 2013

Growing Share of Latinos Get News in English

More Hispanics consume news in English from television, print, radio and internet outlets while a declining share do so in Spanish. This shift comes as more Latinos speak English well.

Fact Tank Jul. 18, 2013

5 facts about ethnic and gender diversity in U.S. newsrooms

Last week, San Francisco Bay area television station KTVU broadcast fake names for the pilots of the Asiana Airline flight that crashed on July 6. The error involved ethnic stereotyping, leading the Asian American Journalists Association to assert that these kinds of mistakes “underscored the importance of newsroom diversity” at America’s media outlets. A similar […]