U.S. Politics Feb. 7, 2012

Cable Leads the Pack as Campaign News Source

Cable news is now the top regular source for campaign news. The long-term decline in the number of Americans getting campaign news from local and network TV news, and local newspapers, steepened this year. Social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter are used for campaign news by a relatively limited audience.

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Media & News Jan. 1, 2012

Data: Year in the News

Follow the steps in this interactive to select among media sectors and news coverage categories. The data are based on more than 48,000 stories analyzed in PEJ’s News Coverage Index for the year.

Media & News Dec. 21, 2011

The Year in the News 2011

This year, the faltering U.S. economy was the No. 1 story in the American news media, but 2011 was also characterized by a jump of more than a third in coverage of international news.

Media & News Sep. 26, 2011

How People Learn About Their Local Community

Contrary to much of the conventional understanding of how people learn about their communities, Americans turn to a wide range of platforms to get local news and information, and where they turn varies considerably depending and the subject matter and their age.

Media & News Aug. 29, 2011

Hispanic Media: Faring Better than the Mainstream Media

Spanish-language media faces challenges — such as an increasingly U.S.-born Latino population — but it still tends to fare better overall than their mainstream English-language counterparts.

Media & News Jul. 18, 2011

Assessing a New Landscape in Journalism

Institutions and funders have been moving to fill the gap being left by shrinking newsrooms by backing non-profit news sites. Roughly half of these sites produce news that is clearly ideological in nature.

Media & News May. 9, 2011

Navigating News Online

There is not one group of news consumers online but several, each of which behaves differently. These differences call for news organizations to develop separate strategies to serve and make money from each audience.

Media & News Mar. 14, 2011

State of the News Media 2011

By several measures, the state of the American news media improved in 2010. After two dreadful years, most sectors of the industry saw revenue begin to recover. The biggest issue ahead, however, may not be lack of audience or even lack of new revenue experiments. It may be that in the digital realm the news industry is no longer in control of its own future.

Internet & Tech Mar. 14, 2011

Closing the Local News ‘App Gap’

Local news is going mobile. Nearly half of all American adults (47%) report that they get at least some local news and information on their cellphone or tablet computer. But just 13% of all mobile device owners report having an app that helps them get local information or news.

Internet & Tech Mar. 1, 2011

How the Public Perceives Community Information Systems

Studies in three cities show that if people believe their local government shares information well, they also feel good about their town and its civic institutions. Those who are avid information consumers from news media and online sources are more likely to be involved and feel they have impact.