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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  • Covering President Trump in a Polarized Media Environment

    • October 2, 2017

    During the early days of the administration, similar storylines were covered across outlets, but the types of sources cited and assessments of Trump’s actions differed. Read More

  • Science News and Information Today

    • September 20, 2017

    Overall, 36% of Americans get science news at least a few times a week and three-in-ten actively seek it. Most get science news from general news outlets, but more see specialty sources as being accurate. Read More

  • News Use Across Social Media Platforms 2017

    • September 7, 2017

    Today, 67% of U.S. adults get at least some news on social media. Twitter, YouTube and Snapchat serve as sources of news for more of their users, though Facebook still leads as a source of news for Americans. Read More

  • Digital News Fact Sheet

    • August 7, 2017

    In the U.S., roughly nine-in-ten adults ever get news online (either via mobile or desktop), and the online space has become a host for the digital homes of both legacy news outlets and new, “born on the web” news outlets. Read More

  • Public Broadcasting Fact Sheet

    • August 7, 2017

    Hundreds of local and regional radio and television stations comprise the U.S. public media system. Read More