Fact Tank Jun. 13, 2013

Nonprofit news organizations: some want government subsidy

News outlets often have an adversarial relationship with the government, a longstanding tension  underscored most recently by the Obama administration’s pursuit of leaks to the Associated Press and Fox News Channel and the decisions of the Washington Post and the Guardian newspapers to publish National Security Agency documents. Nevertheless, it might come as a surprise […]

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Media & News Jun. 10, 2013

Nonprofit News Outlets

Nonprofit news sites are cropping up around the U.S., often with the mission of filling in gaps left by cutbacks in traditional journalism. Explore the characteristics of these sites with this map and interactive database.

Fact Tank Jun. 7, 2013

Chart of the Week: Newspaper circulation around the world

Journalists and print loyalists who are dejected about the state of the U.S. newspaper business may be comforted — or perhaps made a bit envious — by the knowledge that in at least some other countries, newspaper circulation continues to rise smartly. The chart below, from The Economist’s Graphic Detail blog, uses data from the World Press […]

Media & News Jun. 3, 2013

Newsweek’s Decline Leads to Talk of Sale

Newsweeklies in general have faced difficult times in recent years, but the turmoil and decline at Newsweek has been particularly noteworthy.

Fact Tank May. 22, 2013

Citizen eyewitnesses provide majority of top online news videos in Oklahoma tornado disaster

In recent years, natural disasters around the world have been chronicled by a new kind of visual journalism, often produced by citizen eyewitnesses and posted to the video sharing site YouTube. These videos represent a way of “crowdsourcing” a dramatic breaking news event, frequently before professional journalists can arrive on the scene.

Media & News Mar. 18, 2013

State of the News Media 2013

News reporting resources continued to decline in 2012 and nearly a third of Americans have abandoned a news outlet. Meanwhile, more newsmakers are able to take their messages directly to the public.

Media & News Feb. 11, 2013

Four Newspapers Succeeding Amid Grim Economic Landscape

Here are case studies of four newspapers that have found new business models that are generating significant new income.

Media & News Feb. 1, 2013

Will Conservative Talkers Take on Immigration Reform?

Nearly six years after the U.S. Senate defeated President George W. Bush’s immigration policy overhaul, there is another major legislative effort to change the nation’s immigration system.

Media & News Dec. 20, 2012

Newtown Sparks Calls for Gun Reform in Social Media, Opinion Pages

The shooting rampage in a Connecticut elementary school last week triggered a conversation different from other recent U.S. gun tragedies.

Media & News Dec. 14, 2012

The Media, Religion and the 2012 Campaign for President

A striking feature of the 2012 race for the White House – a contest that pitted the first Mormon nominee from a major party against an incumbent president whose faith had been a source of controversy four years earlier – is how little the subject of religion came up in the media.