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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  • Local TV News Fact Sheet

    • July 13, 2017

    Local television news programming has shed audience over the past decade, but it still garners more viewers on average than cable and network news programs. Read More

  • Network News Fact Sheet

    • June 16, 2017

    Network TV news – appointment viewing for more than 20 million Americans – has experienced relative stability in the size of its audience over the past decade. Read More

  • Audio and Podcasting Fact Sheet

    • June 16, 2017

    The audio news sector in the U.S. is split by modes of delivery: traditional terrestrial (AM/FM) radio and digital formats such as online radio and podcasting. Read More

  • Newspapers Fact Sheet

    • June 1, 2017

    Newspapers are a critical part of the American news landscape, but they have been hard hit as more and more Americans consume news digitally. Read More

  • Cable News Fact Sheet

    • June 1, 2017

    Cable TV is home to a set of news channels that have become a destination for political news. Read More