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.

Media & News Oct. 25, 2012

Internet Gains Most as Campaign News Source, But Cable TV Still Leads

Americans are following the presidential campaign more closely on nearly every news platform than they were earlier in the year.

U.S. Politics Oct. 11, 2012

One-in-Ten ’Dual-Screened’ the Presidential Debate

More than half of America watched the first presidential debate live, including 11% who were “dual screeners,” following coverage on a computer or mobile device while also following television coverage.

U.S. Politics Sep. 27, 2012

In Changing News Landscape, Even Television Is Vulnerable

There are signs that television news — like the print news sources before it — may be losing its hold on the next generation of news consumers. Online and digital news consumption continues to increase, driven by expanding use of mobile devices and the rise of social networking sites.

U.S. Politics Aug. 6, 2012

Eight-in-Ten Following Olympics on TV or Digitally

Large majorities of Americans are following coverage of the Olympic Games in London. Nearly eight-in-ten (78%) say they have watched or followed Olympic coverage either on television, online or on social networks.