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Election 2016: Campaigns as a Direct Source of News


This report was made possible by The Pew Charitable Trusts. Pew Research Center is a subsidiary of The Pew Charitable Trusts, its primary funder.

This report is a collaborative effort based on the input and analysis of the following individuals. Director of Journalism Research Amy Mitchell oversaw the effort and wrote the overview. Pew Research Center researchers conducted data analysis and aggregation and also served as primary writers for the separate sections as follows:

  • Presidential candidates’ changing relationship with the web – Jesse Holcomb, Associate Director of Research and Jessica Mahone, Temporary Research Associate
  • Candidates differ in their use of social media to connect with the public – Galen Stocking, Research Associate and Michael Barthel, Research Associate
  • Digital news developments in U.S. presidential campaigns, 2000-2016 – Amy Mitchell, Director of Journalism Research, Kristine Lu, Research Assistant and Katerina Eva Matsa, Senior Researcher

Primary researchers

Amy Mitchell, Director, Journalism Research Jesse Holcomb, Associate Director, Research Galen Stocking, Research Associate Jessica Mahone, Temporary Research Associate Kristine Lu, Research Assistant Michael Barthel, Research Associate Katerina Eva Matsa, Senior Researcher  

Research team

Allison Becker, Research Assistant Joel Ericsen, Temporary Research Assistant Margaret Ng, Advanced Analytics Intern Elisa Shearer, Research Analyst Nancy Vogt, Research Analyst Jeffrey Gottfried, Senior Researcher         

Graphic design

Margaret Porteus, Information Graphics Designer Peter Bell, Senior Information Graphics Designer Diana Yoo, Art Director         

Communications and web publishing

Rachel Weisel, Communications Manager Shannon Greenwood, Associate Digital Producer David Kent, Copy Editor     

Content coders

Natalie Martinez, Content Coder Tina Tucker, Content Coder Carolee Lantigua, Content Coder   

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