Since 2004, Pew Research Center has issued an annual report on key audience and economic indicators for a variety of sectors within the U.S. news media industry. These data speak to the shifting ways in which Americans seek out news and information, how news organizations get their revenue, and the resources available to American journalists as they seek to inform the public about important events of the day. The press is sometimes called the fourth branch of government, but in the U.S., it’s also very much a business – one whose ability to serve the public is dependent on its ability to attract eyeballs and dollars.

 

Over the years, the Center’s approach to these indicators has evolved along with the industry, carefully considering the metrics, sectors and format in which the data appear. Instead of a single summary report, our approach is to roll out a series of fact sheets showcasing the most important current and historical data points for each sector – in an easy-to-digest format – a few at a time. (State of the News Media reports from 2004-2017 are archived as PDFs and available here.)

Media & NewsJuly 30, 2014

ASNE: Two-thirds of U.S. newspapers employ women in top editing jobs

This year marks the first time that ASNE has tried to identify women in the very top tier of newspaper leadership.

Fact TankJuly 23, 2014

5 facts about the state of local TV newsrooms

Despite revenue from political ads and fees paid by cable and other companies to carry their programming, the picture for local TV newsrooms is a mixed one.

Media & NewsJuly 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.

Media & NewsJuly 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 & NewsJuly 10, 2014

5 key takeaways from our census of statehouse reporters

To inform citizens about what is happening in America’s 50 statehouses, there are currently 1,592 journalists assigned to cover their workings, according to a new Pew Research report.

Media & NewsJuly 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 TankJune 5, 2014

Time Inc. spinoff reflects a troubled magazine business

Time Inc.’s troubles are emblematic of the economic challenges facing the consumer magazine industry.

Media & NewsMay 28, 2014

As the New York Times’ first black executive editor, Dean Baquet is in a distinct minority

The ascension of Dean Baquet—the first African-American to run the paper’s newsroom—has renewed the focus on minority hiring in the news industry.

Media & NewsMay 16, 2014

As Jill Abramson exits the NY Times, a look at how women are faring in newsrooms

In the past 15 years, the percentage of women who work in newspaper newsrooms has barely budged. Women made up 36% of all newspaper staff in 2012, a slight decline from 37% in 1998.

Fact TankMay 12, 2014

The acquisition binge in local TV

Media companies have dramatically expanding their local television holdings in recent years. Five companies own one-third of the about 1,400 local TV stations in the country.