Technology has changed how people consume news, as well as the process of gathering it.  Information is now almost instantaneous and available anywhere in the world.  And news has been democratized so that voices outside the mainstream can be heard.  This is healthy for democracy but is an earthquake for the business of journalism.  Newspaper circulation is dropping, newsroom staffs are shrinking, and ad revenue is declining.  Pew tracks these changes through its annual state of the news media reports, providing fact-based analysis of the growth of digital news sites, the purchase of major journalism institutions by entrepreneurs, the use of mobile devices to access news, the mixing of news and marketing through sponsor-generated content, and other trends in journalism.

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  • America’s Shifting Statehouse Press

    • July 10, 2014

    A new study finds 1,592 journalists reporting from U.S. statehouses where the ranks of newspaper reporters have shrunk, the number of journalists at nontraditional outlets has grown and observers worry about the quality of coverage. Read More

  • The EU Elections on Twitter

    • May 22, 2014

    An analysis of the Twitter conversation on the eve of the European Union elections suggest that those social media users are divided on the value of the EU and not particularly excited about the candidates for the European Commission presidency. Read More

  • Net Neutrality: A Made for Web Debate Methodology

    • May 15, 2014

    This report used several different research methods. Data regarding the volume of terms on Twitter used Crimson Hexagon. Data regarding the terminology used during Google searches and the language used by newspapers were derived by the use of Google Trends and searches of LexisNexis. Twitter The volume of tweets was measured using computer coding software […] Read More

  • State of the News Media 2014

    • March 26, 2014

    In many ways, 2013 and early 2014 brought a level of energy to the news industry not seen for a long time. Even as challenges of the past several years continue and new ones emerge, the activities this year have created a new sense of optimism – or perhaps hope – for the future of American journalism. Read More

  • Previous State of the News Media Reports

    • March 26, 2014

    Previous State of the News Media reports: 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 Read More