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 […]
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.