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.)

Fact TankSeptember 24, 2013

Gibbs takes over a troubled Time magazine

Nancy Gibbs, Time magazine’s newly-named managing editor — and the first woman to hold that position — takes the reins at an uncertain time in the publication’s history.

Media & NewsSeptember 9, 2013

Return of CNN ‘Crossfire’ injects more opinion into evening cable news

CNN’s “Crossfire” is back, injecting more opinion-driven programming into an evening cable news landscape that is already chock full of ideology and commentary.

Fact TankAugust 21, 2013

Time Warner vs. CBS: The high stakes of their fight over fees

The weeks-long battle between Time Warner Cable and CBS that is keeping the network’s programming from being shown in major markets comes down to the all-important question of retransmission fees.

Fact TankAugust 20, 2013

NBC makes a bet on getting user-generated content from citizen videographers

NBC News purchased a digital start-up company that allows anyone with a smartphone to stream live video to the network from the scene of breaking news, a move that could lead to increased use of user-generated content.

Fact TankAugust 8, 2013

Local TV newsrooms in 2012: Bigger budgets, smaller staffs

The latest data on local television economics offers mixed messages: increasing revenue from news programming but cuts in newsroom budgets.

Fact TankJuly 18, 2013

5 facts about ethnic and gender diversity in U.S. newsrooms

Last week, San Francisco Bay area television station KTVU broadcast fake names for the pilots of the Asiana Airline flight that crashed on July 6. The error involved ethnic stereotyping, leading the Asian American Journalists Association to assert that these kinds of mistakes “underscored the importance of newsroom diversity” at America’s media outlets. A similar […]

Fact TankJuly 15, 2013

News magazines hit by big drop in ad pages

In a difficult advertising environment for the magazine industry overall, newly-released numbers from the Association of Magazine Media (MPA) show the nation’s news magazines being hit particularly hard.

Media & NewsJuly 1, 2013

Men, for the most part, still run newsrooms

In August, Deborah Turness will become the first woman to head a network news division as she takes the reins as president of NBC News. Nine years ago, she made history in precisely the same way in Great Britain, as she headed ITV News, a BBC rival. But industry data show that men continue to […]

Fact TankJune 25, 2013

Newspaper newsrooms suffer large staffing decreases

The American Society of News Editors released its annual newsroom census figures today showing a severe decline in the size of newspaper staffs..

Fact TankJune 20, 2013

Can a new morning program revitalize CNN?

This week, CNN launched New Day, a three-hour morning program at the center of the channel’s effort to regain its footing in the world of cable news. To do that, it will have to compete not only with the major networks, but also with more popular shows on Fox News Channel and MSNBC. This is […]