Fact Tank Aug. 6, 2015

As Jon Stewart steps down, 5 facts about The Daily Show

Jon Stewart is stepping down as host of The Daily Show after 16 years. During that time, the show has served not only as a source of media criticism, but also as a source of news in its own right. As Stewart’s tenure comes to an end, here are some key facts about how his program has made its imprint on journalism.

Fact Tank Jul. 15, 2015

Early morning, noon and late evening slots drive growth in local TV news

Faced with multiple years of audience declines during traditional time slots, many local TV stations began expanding their programming to nontraditional hours such as very early morning, midday and at 7 p.m.

Fact Tank Apr. 29, 2015

5 key takeaways from State of the News Media 2015

Our annual report surveys the landscape of U.S. journalism, from the changes driven by mobile devices to the ups and downs of legacy news organizations.

Media & News Apr. 29, 2015

State of the News Media 2015

As the U.S. news industry faces a new mobile reality, how is it faring? From broadcast to print to ethnic media and more, this year’s annual report takes stock.

Fact Tank Feb. 26, 2015

As 2016 election looms, MSNBC shakes up its programming strategy

MSNBC shifts its focus toward “original reporting” as its overall ratings remain strong, but total revenue for the year lags significantly behind CNN’s.

Fact Tank Feb. 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.

Fact Tank Feb. 12, 2015

America’s news anchors are less recognizable now, but network news is still alive

NBC’s suspension of anchor Brian Williams from the helm of its flagship evening news program has led to some debate about the future for network television news.

Fact Tank Dec. 23, 2014

Market is still hot for buying up local TV stations

The rush to acquire local TV stations by media companies’ continued in 2014 and resulted in strong financial pay offs for them.

Fact Tank Oct. 31, 2014

Interest in midterms may be low, but local TV awash in political ad spending

Local TV has been receiving the largest portion of political media spending for at least a decade, but the share it consumes and the total dollars reaped continues to grow.

Fact Tank Oct. 9, 2014

Cutbacks at CNN highlight the cable news paradox

In terms of TV viewership, cable news peaked as a medium around the 2008 presidential election and, while showing impressive potential in digital, the business model is uncertain.