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.

Recent Work

June 18, 2018 Distinguishing Between Factual and Opinion Statements in the News The politically aware, digitally savvy and those more trusting of the news media fare better in differentiating factual statements from opinions.
June 13, 2018 Newspapers Fact Sheet Newspapers are a critical part of the American news landscape, but they have been hit hard as more and more Americans consume news digitally.
June 6, 2018 Public Broadcasting Fact Sheet Hundreds of local and regional radio and television stations comprise the U.S. public media system.
June 6, 2018 Digital News Fact Sheet In the U.S., roughly nine-in-ten adults (93%) get at least some 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.
May 17, 2018 Fact Sheets: News Media and Political Attitudes in Western Europe Findings about news media views and habits in Western Europe from a survey about media, political attitudes and populist views in Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden and the UK.
May 14, 2018 In Western Europe, Public Attitudes Toward News Media More Divided by Populist Views Than Left-Right Ideology Across eight Western European countries, people with populist leanings have more negative attitudes about the news media than do those with non-populist views.
April 19, 2018 Americans Favor Protecting Information Freedoms Over Government Steps to Restrict False News Online U.S. adults are mostly against government action that could limit people’s ability to access and publish information online. There is more support for steps by technology companies.
January 29, 2018 Sources Shared on Twitter: A Case Study on Immigration An analysis of 9.7 million tweets reveals that news organizations played the largest role in which content was linked to in discussions about immigration compared with other information providers.