Fact Tank May. 19, 2015

More Americans are using social media to connect with politicians

Overall, 16% of registered voters follow candidates for office, political parties, or elected officials on a social networking site.

Fact Tank May. 14, 2015

News audiences spread the word, but few get involved in local journalism

We asked residents in Denver, Macon, Ga., and Sioux City, Iowa, about the actions they take to gather, share and add to the news in their communities.

Fact Tank May. 7, 2015

On UK elections, the talk on Twitter is largely negative

A new Pew Research Center analysis of the months leading up to election day finds that four of the six parties studied received more negative commentary than positive.

Fact Tank Apr. 17, 2015

Running for president, and announcing it with a tweet

Hillary Clinton and Ted Cruz are among just seven major-party presidential candidates who have used online venues to announce entering the race since 2004.

Fact Tank Apr. 10, 2015

On social media, mom and dad are watching

Today, 60% of parents have checked their teenagers’ profile on a social networking site.

Internet & Tech Apr. 9, 2015

How Teens Use Social Media & Technology

Smartphones are fueling a shift in the communication landscape for teens. Nearly three-quarters of teens now use smartphones and 92% of teens report going online daily — including 24% who say they go online “almost constantly.”

Fact Tank Apr. 6, 2015

From Twitter to Instagram, a different #Ferguson conversation

On social media, hashtags have long been used as a shorthand way of organizing a conversation around an event or topic. One widely used hashtag over the past year is #Ferguson, which started after the police shooting of an unarmed black man in Ferguson, Mo., and has since become a kind of connective tissue for […]

Fact Tank Mar. 26, 2015

The challenges of using Facebook for research

We wanted to analyze the role Facebook played as a means for people to hear about, discuss and share local news. But getting the data we needed wasn’t easy.

Fact Tank Mar. 23, 2015

On Twitter, local news is hard to find

Here’s a rundown of what worked and what didn’t in using Twitter for our research of three local news ecosystems.

Fact Tank Mar. 20, 2015

Case study: More residents see local news quality as better than worse

And more think keeping up with local news has gotten easier than harder, according to our analysis of the media landscape in three U.S. cities.