Fact Tank Aug. 12, 2013

Communication grads give their alma maters mostly good grades

While undergraduate enrollment in journalism and mass communication programs declined last year, most journalism school graduates gave positive marks to the schools they attended, with one notable exception.

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.

Fact Tank Aug. 6, 2013

Republicans, Democrats both divided on whether media should report on secret anti-terror methods

Just over half of Democrats and Republicans think news organizations should not report the government’s secret anti-terrorism methods.

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, […]

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 Jun. 20, 2013

Can a new morning program revitalize CNN?

This week, CNN launched New Day, a three-hour morning program at the center of the channel’s effort to regain its footing in the world of cable news. To do that, it will have to compete not only with the major networks, but also with more popular shows on Fox News Channel and MSNBC. This is […]

Media & News Jun. 17, 2013

News Coverage Conveys Strong Momentum for Same-Sex Marriage

News stories focusing on support for same-sex marriage outnumbered those opposing it by roughly 5-to-1 in the two months marked by Supreme Court deliberations on the issues.

Fact Tank Jun. 10, 2013

As the Trayvon Martin case goes to trial, remembering a major media event

Today marks the beginning of what is likely to be a closely watched courtroom battle—the murder trial of George Zimmerman for the fatal shooting of 17-year old Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida on February 26, 2012. While there has been ongoing coverage of the case and the run-up to the trial, it may be hard […]

Fact Tank Jun. 5, 2013

Is MSNBC the place for opinion?

MSNBC president Phil Griffin generated plenty of media attention this week when he said, in a New York Times interview, that his channel was “not the place” for breaking news. “Our brand is not that.” Griffin was responding to a significant decline in MSNBC’s ratings, which the Times reported was down 18% in prime time […]

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.