U.S. Politics Jan. 11, 2008

The Internet’s Broader Role in Campaign 2008

The internet is living up to its potential as a major source for news about the presidential races. Nearly a quarter of Americans say they regularly learn something about the campaign from the internet, almost double the percentage at a comparable point in 2004.

Internet & Tech Dec. 19, 2007

Teen Content Creators

Some 93% of teens use the internet, and more of them than ever are treating it as a venue for social interaction — a place where they can share creations, tell stories, and interact with others.

Internet & Tech Oct. 17, 2007

Broadband: What’s All the Fuss About?

The impacts of high-speed connections extend beyond access to information to active participation in the online commons.

Media & News Sep. 12, 2007

The News You Choose

In a world without journalists, or at least without editors, what would the news agenda look like? A one-week study of a new crop of user-driven news sites by the Project for Excellence in Journalism suggests that the news agenda would be more diverse, more transitory, and often drawn from a very different and perhaps controversial list of sources.

U.S. Politics Aug. 9, 2007

Internet News Audience Highly Critical of News Organizations

Americans continue to fault news organizations for a number of perceived failures. Solid majorities criticize the news media for political bias, inaccuracy and failing to acknowledge mistakes. Some of the harshest indictments of the press come from the growing segment that relies on the internet as its main news source.

Pew Research Center Jul. 24, 2007

Uploading Democracy: Candidates Field YouTube Questions

Tuesday night’s Democratic debate was widely anticipated for its groundbreaking format. Candidates took on a host of issues asked by citizens via YouTube videos; what follows is an analysis of the format and major themes of the debate as compared with public opinion data.

Media & News Jul. 12, 2007

Are Candidate Web Sites Propaganda or News?

Through their official websites, the campaigns themselves are challenging the press as a destination for news.

U.S. Politics Jul. 12, 2007

Campaign Internet Videos: “Sopranos” Spoof vs. “Obama Girl”

They originate on the internet, but more people are viewing them on TV than online.

Media & News Jun. 11, 2007

A Spiritual Network in Cyberspace

If Beliefnet is not exactly a household name, it is an interesting experiment in online journalism. For one thing, its own turbulent history in some ways reflects the trajectory of the internet itself. For another, the strategy it has settled on — a subject specific site that offers interactivity, networking and journalistic even-handedness — may offer one working blueprint for the rapidly evolving field of Web information.

Internet & Tech Jan. 7, 2007

Social Networking Websites and Teens

In the past 5 years, social networking sites have rocketed from a niche activity in to a phenomenon that engages tens of millions of internet users.