Internet & TechMarch 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.

Media & NewsMarch 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.

Media & NewsMarch 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.

GlobalMarch 20, 2015

10 facts about technology use in the emerging world

In our survey of thousands of people across 32 emerging and developing nations, we found some notable data points that might have been lost in the fray.

Internet & TechMarch 16, 2015

Americans’ Privacy Strategies Post-Snowden

Nearly two years after Snowden’s revelations, 87% of Americans say they have heard about U.S. surveillance programs. Among them, 25% say they have changed their own technological behaviors in some way.

Media & NewsMarch 5, 2015

5 key takeaways about local news media ‘ecosystems’

Pew Research Center’s new report examines the local news environment in three U.S. metropolitan areas of different population size and demographic makeup.

Internet & TechFebruary 13, 2015

From telegrams to Instagram, a look at presidents and technology

President Obama’s recent interviews with Buzzfeed and Vox, and his embrace of online news and social media more generally, stands in a long tradition of presidents employing novel communications technologies to speak to Americans directly.

Internet & TechFebruary 12, 2015

5 facts about online video, for YouTube’s 10th birthday

YouTube has become one of the most visited websites in the world. The video-sharing firm says that 100 hours of video are uploaded there every minute.

HispanicFebruary 3, 2015

Social media preferences vary by race and ethnicity

Latinos, blacks and whites use social media networks about equally, but there are some differences in their preferences for specific social media sites.

Internet & TechJanuary 15, 2015

Social Media & Stress

Frequent use of social media is not directly related to higher stress. But stress can be contagious through social media channels: Social media users are often more aware of the stressful events in others’ lives, and this awareness itself can lead to higher stress.