Fact Tank Jul. 21, 2014

How statehouse reporting power compares with a state’s population

State population is one key indicator of the size of a statehouse press corps.

Fact Tank Jul. 15, 2014

At the statehouse, ideological press tries to fill a void in news coverage

When the bottom fell out of the news industry during the recession, many newspapers cut their reporting power in statehouse press rooms.

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.

Media & News Jul. 10, 2014

America’s Shifting Statehouse Press

A new study finds 1,592 journalists reporting from U.S. statehouses where the ranks of newspaper reporters have shrunk, the number of journalists at nontraditional outlets has grown and observers worry about the quality of coverage.

Fact Tank Apr. 10, 2014

Small digital news sites: young, lean and local

A new Pew Research Center State of the News Media analysis finds that the growing digital news world is largely comprised of hundreds of smaller sites, often local in scope, that are working to fill gaps left by legacy reporting cuts.

Fact Tank Nov. 11, 2013

At newspapers, photographers feel the brunt of job cuts

Photographers, along with other visual journalists, represent the category of newsroom staffers hit hardest by the rounds of job cuts.

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.

Fact Tank Aug. 8, 2013

Local TV newsrooms in 2012: Bigger budgets, smaller staffs

The latest data on local television economics offers mixed messages: increasing revenue from news programming but cuts in newsroom budgets.

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. 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 […]