In 21 states, local newspapers lack a dedicated D.C. reporter covering Congress
Between 2009 and 2014, the number of Washington-based reporters for local newspapers accredited by the Senate to cover Congress declined by 11%.
News audiences spread the word, but few get involved in local journalism
We asked residents in Denver, Macon, Ga., and Sioux City, Iowa, about the actions they take to gather, share and add to the news in their communities.
7 surprises about libraries in our surveys
As librarians around the country gather in Las Vegas for the American Library Association’s annual conference, here are findings that stand out from our research.
Despite Some Warning Signs, Local TV Stations Are Hot Commodities
While the economics of local television are stronger than those of the newspaper industry, a new Pew Research Center report analyzes why some trends in local television news may be worrisome.
Local TV: Audience Declines as Revenue Bounces Back
The long slow decline in viewership of local television news resumed in 2012 after a brief respite the previous year. While stations devoted more of their available air time to local news, that wasn’t sufficient to halt the decline in viewership. Early-morning newscasts continued to gain viewers, but that increase was more than offset by losses in most other time slots.
How People Get Local News and Information in Different Communities
Depending on the local news topic, urban residents are more likely to use mobile and online sources, while suburbanites are most heavily into social media and rural residents are more inclined to word of mouth sources. A joint PEJ-Pew Internet report offers more about how people get local news in specific communities.
Communities and Local News: Profiles
A snapshot of the profiles of the different types of communities studied.
How people get local news and information in different communities
Depending on the topic, urban residents are more likely to use mobile and online sources; suburbanites are most heavily into social media; and rural residents are more inclined to word of mouth sources
72% of Americans Follow Local News Closely
Local news enthusiasts follow a diverse set of topics, but rely heavily on local newspapers to keep them informed, according to a survey by the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism and Internet & American Life Project that examined the ways people get news and information about 16 different topics, ranging from breaking news to weather.
72% of Americans follow local news closely
These local news enthusiasts follow a diverse set of topics but rely heavily on local newspapers to keep them informed
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