Media and Journalism

The Pew Research Center supports several initiatives that monitor the rapidly-changing media landscape. These include efforts to develop information on both how journalists cover news and how the public perceives the media. These projects have common methods and purposes, chiefly in using rigorous research and timely data to accurately frame public debates about media in the United States.

The Pew Research Center’s media-related initiatives include:

  • the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism, which tracks media trends, analyzes news content and presents weekly statistics on stories receiving coverage;
  • the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press, which uses public opinion research to study people’s perceptions and use of American media as well as their interest in news stories; and

The knowledge gained through the projects’ work assists journalists, academics, policy makers and the public in understanding the evolution, current role and future of the U.S. media.

These media research centers do not advocate for or take positions on policy issues. Each is a project of the Pew Research Center, a subsidiary of Pew in Washington, D.C., that provides information on the issues, attitudes and trends shaping America and the world.

For more information, visit the Pew Research Center Web site.

  • News Coverage Index

    The News Coverage Index from the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism’s studies news coverage by major outlets from five sectors of the media, to provide hard data about the stories and topics the media are covering.  
  • News Interest Index

    The News Interest Index is a weekly survey that examines the public’s interest in major news stories. The index is an ongoing project of the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press.
  • Media Analysis

    The Pew Research Center produces research on media trends, using its regular surveys of public opinion and regular analysis  of news coverage.

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