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.


  • Amid Criticism, Support for Media’s ‘Watchdog’ Role Stands Out

    Aug 12, 2013 - Public evaluations of news organizations’ performance on key measures such as accuracy, fairness and independence remain mired near all-time lows. But there is a bright spot among these otherwise gloomy ratings: broad majorities continue to say the press acts as a watchdog by preventing political leaders from doing things that should not be done, a view that is as widely held today as at any point over the past three decades.

  • Pew Resources on the News Industry

    Aug 06, 2013 - The news industry finds itself on the front pages this week with the buyout of two major newspapers by non-industry moguls.

  • Newspapers Invest in Local TV Stations Despite Warning Signs

    Aug 05, 2013 - The economic ills of newspapers are fueling a spate of recent local TV acquisitions by newspaper companies, but the data suggest the local TV news market may not be immune to its own set of problems.

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