Fact Tank Mar. 13, 2015

Study finds racial, ethnic divide in attention to crime news

Crime consistently ranks as one of the most followed and discussed topics by the public, and it receives more attention in local news media than almost any other subject. A recent Pew Research Center report reinforces these findings but also suggests that certain groups of residents pay closer attention to local crime than others in […]

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Media & News Mar. 5, 2015

How Demographics Play Into Local News Habits

How various demographic groups in Denver, Macon and Sioux City interact with local 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.

Fact Tank Feb. 5, 2015

5 key takeaways about how investigative reporters view their digital security

As journalism becomes an increasingly digital practice, the data and communications of investigative journalists have become vulnerable to hackers, government surveillance and legal threats. But what are these vulnerabilities – and what steps have investigative journalists taken to protect themselves?

Fact Tank Dec. 10, 2014

The New Republic and the state of niche news magazines

The data suggest that the New Republic have a tough road ahead, with single-copy newsstand sales falling in 2013 and 2014.

Fact Tank Oct. 9, 2014

Cutbacks at CNN highlight the cable news paradox

In terms of TV viewership, cable news peaked as a medium around the 2008 presidential election and, while showing impressive potential in digital, the business model is uncertain.

Fact Tank Oct. 2, 2014

Turks don’t like their national press much, but rely on it heavily for news

Only 32% of Turks said that the media is having a good influence on the way things are going in Turkey.

Fact Tank Aug. 1, 2014

As news business takes a hit, the number of black journalists declines

The number of black journalists working at U.S. daily newspapers has dropped 40% since 1997. That represents a loss of almost 1,200 journalists — from 2,946 in 1997 to 1,754 in 2013.

Fact Tank Jul. 11, 2014

5 facts about alternative weeklies

This week’s 37th annual convention of the Association of Alternative Newsmedia comes at a time of challenge and turmoil in the “alt weekly” world. Here are 5 facts about trends in the industry.

Fact Tank Jun. 5, 2014

On TV, few amateur journalists get credit for their contributions to the news

At a time when ordinary citizens are increasingly functioning as on-scene reporters, nearly three-quarters (72%) of that amateur content that aired on these television outlets was not identified as such.