Media & News Oct. 11, 2013

More Watch Broadcast News, But Cable TV Viewers More Engaged

While the largest audiences tune into local and network broadcast news, it is the 24/7 national cable news channels that command the most attention from their viewers, who watch an average of 25 minutes a day.

Fact Tank Aug. 26, 2013

Another casualty of war in Syria—citizen journalists

Professional journalists have long faced the risks of working in harm’s way, but now conflicts like the one in Syria are claiming the lives of a new part of the media — citizen journalists.

Fact Tank Aug. 23, 2013

Ways to connect digital devices increase — for those who have more than one

Many companies are competing to provide consumers with ways to stream content among all their digital devices, but there’s still a segment of Americans who own only one device — a cell-phone.

Fact Tank Aug. 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 Tank Aug. 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 Tank Aug. 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.

Media & News Aug. 5, 2013

Newspapers Invest in Local TV Stations Despite Warning Signs

The economic ills of newspapers are fueling a spate of recent local TV acquisitions by newspaper companies, but the data suggest the local TV news market may not be immune to its own set of problems.

Fact Tank Jul. 29, 2013

What Univision’s milestone says about U.S. demographics

Spanish-language television reached a new milestone in America. Univision finished first among broadcast networks during July sweeps in two highly sought-after demographics: 18- to 49-year-olds and 18- to 34-year-olds. According to Nielsen, between June 27, 2013, and July 24, 2013, Univision averaged 1.8 million viewers ages 18 to 49 nightly, beating out English-language networks FOX, […]

Fact Tank May. 22, 2013

Citizen eyewitnesses provide majority of top online news videos in Oklahoma tornado disaster

In recent years, natural disasters around the world have been chronicled by a new kind of visual journalism, often produced by citizen eyewitnesses and posted to the video sharing site YouTube. These videos represent a way of “crowdsourcing” a dramatic breaking news event, frequently before professional journalists can arrive on the scene.

Media & News Mar. 18, 2013

State of the News Media 2013

News reporting resources continued to decline in 2012 and nearly a third of Americans have abandoned a news outlet. Meanwhile, more newsmakers are able to take their messages directly to the public.