Fact Tank Jul. 30, 2014

ASNE: Two-thirds of U.S. newspapers employ women in top editing jobs

This year marks the first time that ASNE has tried to identify women in the very top tier of newspaper leadership.

Fact Tank Jul. 10, 2014

5 key takeaways from our census of statehouse reporters

To inform citizens about what is happening in America’s 50 statehouses, there are currently 1,592 journalists assigned to cover their workings, according to a new Pew Research report.

Fact Tank May. 28, 2014

As the New York Times’ first black executive editor, Dean Baquet is in a distinct minority

The ascension of Dean Baquet—the first African-American to run the paper’s newsroom—has renewed the focus on minority hiring in the news industry.

Fact Tank May. 16, 2014

As Jill Abramson exits the NY Times, a look at how women are faring in newsrooms

In the past 15 years, the percentage of women who work in newspaper newsrooms has barely budged. Women made up 36% of all newspaper staff in 2012, a slight decline from 37% in 1998.

Fact Tank May. 15, 2014

Net neutrality: A made-for-web debate

The complex issue of net neutrality is not likely to be dinner conversation for many in the U.S. Still, the Federal Communications Commission vote expected today could dramatically impact the flow of digital content Americans receive, not to mention the bottom line for many major U.S. technology and content companies. So, where could the public […]

Fact Tank Oct. 8, 2013

In print, newspapers cut opinion

A growing number of dailies have reduced the amount of newsprint they devote to editorials and commentary, a departure from tradition that has gone largely unnoticed outside the affected communities.

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.

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.

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 […]

Fact Tank Jul. 1, 2013

Men, for the most part, still run newsrooms

In August, Deborah Turness will become the first woman to head a network news division as she takes the reins as president of NBC News. Nine years ago, she made history in precisely the same way in Great Britain, as she headed ITV News, a BBC rival. But industry data show that men continue to […]