Media Analysis

Drawing on knowledge gathered through frequent public opinion surveys and in-depth analysis of American media content, the Pew Research Center staff write and publish research  on the major news events and trends. This  research  is heavily based upon the raw data developed by the center’s two journalism-focused projects—the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press and the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism.  Among the most significant products in this category is the Project for Excellence in Journalism’s annual State of the News Media report, a comprehensive review of key trends and developments in newsrooms and in the industry at large.

The Pew Research Center for the People & the Press explores public attitudes about the credibility, social value and salience of the news media.  It also measures the public’s use of and attitudes toward the Internet and traditional news outlets. Recent survey topics included the impact of news on public knowledge of current affairs; growth in online news readership; and increasing public criticism of the press.

The Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism and the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press are parts of the Pew Research Center in Washington, D.C. The center, a Pew subsidiary, conducts public opinion polling and social science research; monitors news and analyzes news coverage; and holds forums and briefings. It does not take positions on policy issues.

For more information about media trends and analysis, visit the Pew Research Center Web site.
 

Report

  • Men, College Educated Are the Most Engaged News Consumers

    Dec 11, 2012 - In the growing realm of mobile news, men and the more highly educated emerge as more engaged news consumers, according to a new study by the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism, in collaboration with The Economist Group. These findings parallel, for the most part, demographic patterns of general news consumption.

  • Visualizing the Future of Mobile News

    Dec 05, 2012 - See a selection of infographics presenting data from The Project for Excellence in Journalism's Future of Mobile News report. The infographics are the result of a designer challenge issued by PEJ in collaboration with The Economist Group and data visualization website Visual.ly.

  • Arab-American Media Bring News to Diverse and Growing Community

    Nov 28, 2012 - Arab-American media face the same challenges as news media generally as they try to serve one of the fastest growing ethnic groups in the United States.

  • News Coverage Tips In Romney's Favor

    Nov 02, 2012 - Positive news coverage shifted in Romney's favor after the presidential debates began, mirroring the change in momentum in many public opinion polls, according to a new study by the Project for Excellence in Journalism.

  • Further Decline in Credibility Ratings for Most News Organizations

    Aug 16, 2012 - For the second time in a decade, the believability ratings for major news organizations have suffered broad-based declines. In the new survey, the ratings have fallen significantly for nine of 13 news organizations tested. The falloff affects organizations in most sectors: national newspapers, such as the New York Times and USA Today, all three cable news outlets, the broadcast TV networks and NPR.

  • Obama Outpaces Romney in Social Media Campaign

    Aug 15, 2012 - The Obama campaign is posting almost four times as much content and is active on nearly twice as many platforms, according to a new study by the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism. For both, economy was issue No. 1, but neither candidate engages in much dialogue with voters.

  • Employment Rate Ticks Up Among Journalism Student Graduates

    Aug 09, 2012 - A new survey of 2011 graduates from journalism schools finds employment rate increased from the previous year and employment among minorities also rose. Salaries for bachelor's degree grads inched up for the first time in six years. But the employment picture is well off its previous highs.

  • A New Kind of Visual News

    Jul 16, 2012 - News events now account for one-third of the most-searched for terms on YouTube, a site once best known as a place where people posted personal videos. A 15-month study finds more than a third (39%) of most-watched video news was produced by citizens who witnessed breaking news. But news organizations are not always clear about attributition for citizen-created content.

  • Who Owns the News Media Database -- A Summary of Findings

    Jun 26, 2012 - As a period of intense change in U.S. newspaper ownership continues to unfold, the Project for Excellence in Journalism's interactive database provides detailed statistics on the companies that now own the nation's news media outlets, from newspapers to local television stations to radio to digital.

  • What Americans Learned From the Media About the Health Care Debate

    Jun 19, 2012 - After helping to define the Obama presidency, health care reform largely disappeared as a subject in the American news media as it wended its way through the legal system to the Supreme Court. But during the the political battle over the legislation, opponents of the reform won the so-called “messaging war” in the coverage.

  • Facebook IPO Not Selling on Social Media: How Twitter, Blogs and Facebook Reacted to the Facebook IPO

    May 21, 2012 - On Twitter especially, more people expressed views that the Internet company's stock was overhyped than highly valued. On Facebook, many people discussed CEO Mark Zuckerberg, as the founder also got married over the weekend.

  • How the Media Covered the 2012 Primary Campaign

    Apr 23, 2012 - While it took him almost four months to secure his grip on the GOP presidential nomination, Mitt Romney established himself as the clear winner in the media narrative by the end of February. The shift in coverage followed his narrow Feb. 28 win in his native state of Michigan, after which the news media began to view his nomination as inevitable.

  • What the Public Knows about the Political Parties

    Apr 11, 2012 - Most Americans can correctly identify the relative positions of the Republican and Democratic parties on the major issues of the day. But a review of what Americans know about the political parties shows that the public is better informed about the partisan affiliations of two popular recent presidents - Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton - than it is about the positions of the parties on key issues that dominate the current national debate. Take the NewsIQ quiz and see how your score compares to others.

  • State of the News Media 2012

    Mar 19, 2012 - Mobile devices are adding to people’s consumption of news, strengthening the lure of traditional news brands and providing a boost to long-form journalism, according to the ninth annual State of the News Media study by the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism. At the same time, a fundamental challenge has intensified -- the extent to which technology intermediaries now control the future of news.

  • How Newspapers Are Faring Trying to Build Digital Revenue

    Mar 05, 2012 - Though the newspaper industry is making only halting progress in the search for a new revenue model, some newspapers may finally be providing signs of a path forward. More successful papers have gone further to change their cultures and put more efforts into selling ad categories that, while small now, are expected to grow. Most papers, however, are struggling. Executives cite a host of obstacles, from trying to attract sales digital sales people to contending with the cultural inertia inside their companies.

  • News Industry Faces Challenges in Race for Digital Advertising Revenue

    Feb 13, 2012 - With digital ad revenue projected to overtake all other platforms by 2016, it is the key to the financial future of news. According to a new study by the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism, even the top news websites are having difficulty persuading advertisers from traditional platforms to move online, and few news websites make significant use of consumer-targeted advertising.

  • Campaign 2012 in the Media: The Storyline of the Race

    Jan 18, 2012 - As South Carolinians prepare to vote, news coverage of front runner Mitt Romney is getting more negative while coverage of Ron Paul, the candidate many think can’t win the nomination, is getting better. With this report, PEJ introduces a new analysis that will continue throughout the election, "Campaign 2012 in the Media," which tracks the narrative in the press, the conversation on Twitter and data from elsewhere.

  • The Year in the News 2011

    Dec 21, 2011 - The faltering U.S. economy was the No. 1 story in the American news media in the last year, but 2011 was also characterized by a jump of more than a third in coverage of international news. Those are among the findings of The Year in the News 2011, a report from the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism based on analysis of some 46,000 stories in newspapers, online sites, television, radio and social media.

  • The Tablet Revolution: What It Means for News

    Oct 25, 2011 - Just 18 months after the introduction of the iPad, a new Pew Research Center study details the way in which the tablet is creating a revolution in how people get their news. About one-in-ten Americans now own a tablet, and more than half use it every day to read long articles as well as headlines.

  • The Media Primary

    Oct 17, 2011 - Which candidate has fared best in the news media in the first five months of the race for president? Who has fared worst? How about in blogs? A new study by the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism, which introduces a new partnership and new computer technology, tells the story, tracking more than 10,000 news outlets, and hundreds of thousands of blogs.

  • How People Learn About Their Local Community

    Sep 26, 2011 - Traditional research has suggested that Americans watch local TV news more than any other local information source. But a new report by the Pew Research Center, in association with the Knight Foundation, offers a deeper and more comprehensive understanding of the ecosystem of community information.

  • Hispanic Media: Faring Better than the Mainstream Media

    Aug 29, 2011 - Spanish-language media faces challenges -- such as an increasingly U.S.-born Latino population -- but it still tends to fare better overall than their mainstream English-language counterparts. Television is doing particularly well.

  • Fox News Trails Far Behind Rivals in Murdoch Coverage

    Jul 20, 2011 - Fox News dominates the ratings in prime-time cable, with popular hosts such as Bill O’Reilly and Sean Hannity. How have they responded to their own parent company being in the news? The answer is they haven’t considered it nearly as much of a story as their rivals.

  • Non-Profit News: Assessing a New Landscape in Journalism

    Jul 18, 2011 - Institutions and funders have been moving to fill the gap being left by shrinking newsrooms by backing non-profit news sites. Roughly half of these sites produce news that is clearly ideological in nature.

  • Navigating News Online

    May 09, 2011 - The future of the journalism relies heavily on understanding the ways people consume news online. But mastering that information is challenging. Behavior is changing quickly, and the metrics can be elusive and even contradictory. In a new study, PEJ examines Nielsen data from the top 25 most popular news sites to offer insights about how people get to news sites; what they do once there and where they go when they leave.

  • How the Media Have Covered bin Laden's Death

    May 05, 2011 - In the first three days since the death of Osama bin Laden, the attention given to the event in both traditional and new media has been only nominally focused on the political ramifications of the terrorist’s death.

  • State of the News Media 2011

    Mar 14, 2011 - By several measures, the state of the American news media improved in 2010. After two dreadful years, most sectors saw revenue begin to recover. The biggest issue ahead may not be lack of audience or even lack of new revenue experiments. It may be that in the digital realm the news industry is no longer in control of its own destiny.

  • Global Trouble Spots Top Public's News Interests

    Feb 25, 2011 - Iraq, Afghanistan and North Korea--and, recently, Egypt --attract far more public attention than does news from many less troubled nations.

  • Islam Was No. 1 Topic in 2010

    Feb 24, 2011 - Islam, notably the mosque controversy in New York City, dominated mainstream media coverage, pushing the Catholic Church from the No. 1 spot.

  • Internet Gains on Television as Public's Main News Source

    Jan 04, 2011 - Television remains the public's top source for news, but it's becoming less popular among all age groups and, for the first time, online news has surpassed TV news among young adults. Also, more people continue to cite the internet than newspapers as their main news source.

  • Parsing Election Day Media - How the Midterms Message Varied by Platform

    Nov 05, 2010 - In today’s news landscape, both mainstream and new media sources shape the narrative. A new PEJ study finds that no single unified message reverberated throughout the media universe in the wake of the November 2 voting and what one learned depended largely on where one got the news.  How did the post election-day narrative differ from the front pages to the television studies and from bloggers to Twitterers?

  • When Technology Makes Headlines: The Media's Double Vision About the Digital Age

    Sep 27, 2010 - Much of the coverage of technology in the mainstream press split into competing story lines: that it makes life easier and that it is not secure. Social media, however, had a more positive focus while Apple beat Google in coverage.

  • 100 Days of Gushing Oil

    Aug 25, 2010 - The BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico proved to be a complex, technical and long-running saga that taxed the media’s resources and attention span. A new PEJ study highlights eight key points in the oil spill coverage.

  • Journalism Jobs Harder to Find

    Aug 05, 2010 - The tight journalism job market is taking its toll on recent college graduates, according to a new report released today by the University of Georgia.

  • Media Coverage of City Governments

    Jul 29, 2010 - As the media landscape shifts, where can people turn for coverage of local news subjects, particularly government and public affairs? A new study conducted by a team of Michigan State University researchers, examines 175 communities and finds the majority of news about local government still comes from newspapers. But in many cases it is weeklies not dailies providing the most coverage. PEJ offers a summary of their findings.

  • The Story of Shirley Sherrod: Reconstruction of a Media Mess

    Jul 27, 2010 - A special reconstruction by PEJ, which traces the arc of the Shirley Sherrod story point by point and explains the questions raised by the incident.

  • Media, Race and Obama’s First Year

    Jul 27, 2010 -  The fallout from the firing of Agriculture Department official Shirley Sherrod and the one-year anniversary of the controversial arrest of African American Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr., have put race back in the news. How much coverage do African Americans receive? What role did race play in coverage of the Obama Administration? A new study examining media coverage of African Americans in the first year of the Obama presidency offers answers.

  • Six Things to Know About Health Care Coverage

    Jun 23, 2010 - The drive for health care reform legislation proved to be the most passionate and polarizing policy fight of Barack Obama’s first year in office, with the public and Congress deeply divided over the initiative. And much of that battle played out through a changing media universe. A new PEJ study, examining 10 months of health care stories, identifies some of the key elements of that coverage.

  • Public Sees a Future Full of Promise and Peril

    Jun 22, 2010 - Imagine a future in which cancer becomes a memory, ordinary people travel in space, and computers carry on conversations like humans. Now imagine a darker future -- a world beset by war, rising temperatures and energy shortages, one where the United States faces a terrorist attack with nuclear weapons.  Find out how Americans view the possibilities of the future in a new report by the Pew Research Center.

  • Neighbors Online

    Jun 09, 2010 - One in five Americans use digital tools to communicate with neighbors and monitor community developments, according to a new report by the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project.  

  • New Media, Old Media: How Blogs and Social Media Agendas Relate and Differ from the Traditional Press

    May 24, 2010 - While most original reporting still comes from traditional journalists, technology makes it increasingly possible for the actions of citizens to influence a story’s total impact.

  • Hiding in Plain Sight, From Kennedy to Brown

    Apr 20, 2010 - The race for Ted Kennedy’s Massachusetts Senate seat started out as a largely drama-free event that generated little media interest. But it ended up as the most surprising and intensely-covered political story in the country. Which candidate got the most favorable attention? How did coverage change over time? How did the local Boston papers differ in their reporting? A new study examining newspaper coverage of the Senate race offers answers.

  • News Leaders and the Future

    Apr 12, 2010 - What do today’s newspaper and broadcast news executives think about the economics of their industry? Are they optimistic for the future? A new survey by the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism in association with the American Society of News Editors and the Radio Television Digital News Association offers answers.

  • Religion in the News: 2009

    Mar 25, 2010 - Pope Benedict XVI and the Obama administration generated the most religion-related coverage in the U.S. press in 2009, according to a new report from the Pew Forum and the Project for Excellence in Journalism.

  • The State of the News Media 2010

    Mar 15, 2010 - The State of the News Media 2010, the newest annual report on the status and health of American journalism from the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism, includes a review of the year; two new interactive features; a survey about online economics; a look at online news behavior; an analysis of the eight media sectors and more.  

  • Understanding the Participatory News Consumer

    Mar 01, 2010 - An overwhelming majority of Americans get their news from multiple news platforms. Which media sectors do people in the U.S rely on most? How has the Internet and mobile technology changed the way people consume news? A Pew Research Center survey examines how Internet and cell phone users have transformed news into a social experience.

  • How News Happens: A Study of the News Ecosystem of One American City

    Jan 11, 2010 - A new study by the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism investigates where news comes from in today’s rapidly changing media landscape. An examination of local media in Baltimore provides insight on how the U.S. media ecosystem works. What role do new media, blogs and specialty news sites play in the news cycle? Who is breaking news? The study answers these questions and more.  

  • Top Stories of 2009: Economy, Obama and Health Care

    Dec 29, 2009 - According to the Pew Research Center, the media's top stories generally reflected the public's top interests, but coverage of politics (Kennedy's death, Palin's book, Specter's switch) exceeded the public's willingness to follow.

  • Hispanics in the News: Events Drive the Narrative

    Dec 07, 2009 - Hispanics are already the largest minority group in the United States, 16% of the population,—and that percentage is expected to nearly double by the middle of this century. How is this growing population portrayed in the American news media? A new study produced jointly by the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism and the Pew Hispanic Center looks at coverage of Hispanics over six months of 2009.  

  • Partisanship and Cable News Audiences

    Oct 30, 2009 - Republican viewers have migrated increasingly to Fox News but Democrats comprise a larger share of the Fox News audience than Republicans do of CNN's audience.

  • Mother Nature Makes News

    Oct 08, 2009 - A trio of catastrophes pushed to the top of recent news coverage, again confirming the media's attraction, especially the network news, to natural disasters.

  • Covering the Great Recession

    Oct 05, 2009 - The economic downturn has made headlines for months. How has the press covered the gravest financial crisis since the Great Depression? What elements of the economic story make the most news? Who is driving the coverage? The Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism addresses these questions and more in a new report on press coverage of the economy.

  • Strong Support For Watchdog Role, Despite Public Criticism Of News Media

    Oct 02, 2009 - The percentage of Americans saying that press criticism of political leaders keeps them honest is nearly as high now as it was in the 1980s, when views of the media were far less negative than they are today.

  • Press Accuracy Rating Hits Two-Decade Low

    Sep 14, 2009 - Just 29% of Americans now say that news organizations generally get the facts straight, according to the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press' biennial media attitudes survey. Much of the increase in negative attitudes toward the already unpopular news media over the last two years is driven by increasingly unfavorable evaluations by Democrats.

  • Media Coverage of the Faith-Based Initiative in the First Six Months of 2001 and 2009

    Aug 12, 2009 - A study by the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism and the Pew Forum finds that President Barack Obama’s faith-based initiative has so far generated little of the contentious press coverage associated with the program that was put into place by his predecessor, George W. Bush. And the program is not as closely associated with the current president as it was with the man he succeeded.

  • Health News Coverage in the U.S. Media, Early 2009

    Jul 29, 2009 - Coverage of health news is on the rise according to an examination of media coverage from January to June 2009. Which health news topics generated the biggest headlines in 2009? What media sectors pay the most attention to health care? These questions and more are answered in a new study, produced by PEJ and the Kaiser Family Foundation.

  • Swine Flu Coverage Around the World

    May 28, 2009 - The swine flu story quickly topped the American media agenda when the story broke in late April. A new report examines press coverage of the outbreak in several countries.  

  • Search: 'Swine Flu'

    May 07, 2009 - The public ranks the internet most useful as a source of information on the virus. Where and how are people finding flu facts online?

  • Media Metric: Obama's 100 Days of Press

    Apr 28, 2009 - How have the news media covered the early days of the Barack Obama presidency? And how does that coverage stack up against that of his predecessors? This study by the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism examines both the tone and focus of Obama’s media narrative and compares it to Bill Clinton’s and George Bush’s in their first two months in office.  

  • The State of the News Media 2009

    Mar 16, 2009 - The State of the News Media 2009, the newest annual report on the status and health of American journalism from the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism, takes stock of the industry, identifies major trends, tracks each main media sector, and features a Year in the News content analysis. These plus a study of citizen media sites, a look at new ventures and more.

  • Religion in the News: 2008

    Mar 16, 2009 - An analysis of mainstream media coverage in 2008 finds that attention to Pope Benedict XVI's visit to the United States in April was the single biggest religion story of the year, eclipsing even faith-related controversies surrounding the 2008 presidential election campaign. Overall, religion received about as much coverage as immigration, education, and race- and gender-focused stories.

  • Newspapers Face a Challenging Calculus

    Feb 26, 2009 - The growth in readership online has not offset the decline in print for newspapers, according to an analysis of the Pew Research Center's 2008 news media consumption survey.

  • The New Face of Washington's Press Corps

    Feb 11, 2009 - The corps of journalists covering Washington D.C. at the dawn of the Obama administration is not so much smaller as it is dramatically transformed. And that transformation will markedly alter what Americans know and not know about the new government, as well as who will know it and who will not.

  • Limbaugh Holds onto his Niche -- Conservative Men

    Feb 03, 2009 - While Rush's syndicated radio show does not have the reach of other conservative favorites like Bill O'Reilly's television program, his audience is by far the most conservative of any program or network tested by a Pew Research survey. It was also the most male.

  • Final Thoughts on Campaign '08

    Dec 08, 2008 - The Pew Research Center provides a wrapup of possibly overlooked polling trends and end-of-campaign happenings.

  • Health News Coverage in the U.S. Media

    Nov 24, 2008 - At a time when health care is a major public policy issue, how have the U.S. media covered the complex subject of health? How much coverage does it generate? Which aspects get the most scrutiny? What media outlets pay the most attention? This report from the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Project for Excellence in Journalism examines those questions.

  • How the News Media Covered Religion in the General Election

    Nov 20, 2008 - What was the big religion story of the general election, and which candidate got the most coverage? A new study by the Project for Excellence in Journalism in conjunction with the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life examines how the media covered religious matters.

  • Global Media Celebrate Obama Victory -- But Cautious Too

    Nov 13, 2008 - "GOBAMA!" gushed Britain's Daily Mirror the day after Barack Obama's electoral victory. Other newspapers around the world were scarcely less enthusiastic but notes of concern and discord were also registered.

  • Internet Now Major Source of Campaign News

    Oct 31, 2008 - Television remains the dominant source, but the percent of people who say they get most of their campaign news from the internet has tripled since 2004.

  • The Color of News: How Different Media Have Covered the General Election

    Oct 29, 2008 - How have different press outlets covered the 2008 general election? Do cable news channels have clear ideological differences? How does broadcast coverage compare to print? A study by the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism focuses on the tone of coverage across media sectors and outlets.

  • Winning the Media Campaign: How the Press Reported the 2008 General Election

    Oct 22, 2008 - With fewer than two weeks left before election day, how has the press covered the race for president? How has the tone of McCain’s coverage compared with Obama’s, or Palin’s. What got covered, and why? A new PEJ study from the conventions through the last debate offers answers.

  • A Continuum of Press Condemnation

    Oct 10, 2008 - The 2008 race for the White House has once again seen intensifying complaints about media bias. A PEJ review offers an historical perspective on the evolution of the tenuous relationship between press and political leaders.  

  • News Coverage of Immigration 2007

    Sep 25, 2008 - How do the news media cover the issue of immigration? This study, produced in collaboration with the Brookings Institution and The University of Southern California Norman Lear Center, reveals the uneven, and episodic nature of the media's approach, based on a close look at the year 2007.

  • How the Media Has Handled Palin's Faith

    Sep 22, 2008 - Since being named to the GOP ticket by John McCain, Sarah Palin has generated extensive coverage of many aspects of her background, her record in public office and her family life. But what are voters learning from the media about the Alaska Governor’s religious faith and beliefs?

  • Campaign Web Sites Examined

    Sep 15, 2008 - With roughly seven weeks left until Election Day, which candidate has the edge online, and how so? A new study by the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism finds both campaigns' official sites are now quite advanced.

  • The Media's Olympics

    Aug 22, 2008 - The Beijing Olympics gave the media an opportunity to report on the athletic competition and life inside the world’s most populous nation. So exactly what—and who—got covered in the U.S. press? And how did the story differ in different nations? This study by the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism examines these questions.

  • Tracking the Economic Slowdown

    Aug 18, 2008 - According to a new study of media content by the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism, the slowing economy has replaced Iraq as the second most intensely covered story so far in 2008. However, it still trails far behind the presidential campaign.

  • Key News Audiences Now Blend Online and Traditional Sources

    Aug 17, 2008 - The 2008 biennial news consumption survey by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press finds four distinct segments in today's news audience: Integrators, Net-Newsers, Traditionalists and the Disengaged.

  • The Changing Newsroom

    Jul 21, 2008 - It has fewer pages than three years ago, the paper stock is thinner, and the stories are shorter. There is less foreign and national news, less space devoted to science, the arts, features and a range of specialized subjects. These are just some of the changes documented in a new report by the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism that examines the resources in American newsrooms at a critical time.

  • Running on Faith

    Jul 10, 2008 - This report from the Pew Forum and the Project for Excellence in Journalism finds that media coverage of religion in the presidential primary campaign from January 2007 through April 2008 rivaled coverage of race and gender combined.

  • Character and the Primaries of 2008

    May 29, 2008 - What were the dominant personal narratives conveyed in media coverage of the presidential candidates? Which contenders fared best in the press and how critical was that coverage in influencing public opinion? How did those candidate story lines change over time? A new study of the 2008 primary season by the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism examines these questions.

  • The Daily Show: Journalism, Satire or Just Laughs?

    May 08, 2008 - In a survey last year, Americans named Jon Stewart one of the nation’s most admired journalists, despite the Comedy Central host’s insistence that’s not what he does.  A new content analysis of 136 episodes of "The Daily Show" by the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism examines the intersection of comedy and news that is the key to the show’s success.

  • During U.S. Papal Visit, Media Focused on the Shepherd and His Flock

    May 06, 2008 - The relationship between the relatively new pope and the hurting U.S. church was the primary story line in news reports of the pontiff's visit.

  • So, Just How Different Is Rupert Murdoch’s New Wall Street?

    Apr 23, 2008 - How has the 119-year-old Wall Street Journal changed since the Australian media magnate took over the paper on Dec. 13, 2007? A Project for Excellence in Journalism examination has the numbers.

  • Why News of Iraq Didn't Surge

    Mar 26, 2008 - In the history of the Iraq conflict, May 24, 2007 may not go down as a red letter date; but it marked a turning point in media coverage of the third-longest war in U.S. history, according to a new analysis by the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism.

  • The State of the News Media 2008

    Mar 17, 2008 - The state of the American news media in 2008 is more troubled than it was a year ago. And the problems, increasingly, appear to be different than many experts have predicted, according to the State of the News Media 2008 report by the Project for Excellence in Journalism.

  • Financial Woes Now Overshadow All Other Concerns for Journalists

    Mar 17, 2008 - A new Pew Research Center survey of national and local reporters, producers, editors and executives finds soaring economic woes eclipse traditional worries about quality of coverage and credibility. 

  • Awareness of Iraq War Fatalities Plummets

    Mar 12, 2008 - The Pew Research Center reports that public awareness of the number of American military killed in Iraq has declined sharply since last August along with news coverage of the war.

  • New Hampshire Teaches News Media a Lesson

    Jan 10, 2008 - It wasn't quite "Dewey Defeats Truman," but after the Jan. 8 Granite State primary confounded many pollsters and pundits, a key story in coverage of the McCain and Clinton victories was the media's proclivity to predict and pre-analyze the results.

  • PEJ Talk Show Index: December 9 - 14, 2007: Talk Hosts Pounce as Clinton Appears to Stumble

    Dec 20, 2007 - With the apparent tightening Democratic contest between Clinton and Barack Obama, the 2008 Presidential campaign overwhelmed the talk universe last week.

  • What Was -- and Wasn’t -- On the Public’s Mind in 2007

    Dec 19, 2007 - The Pew Research Center released a compilation of the top 15 stories in which public opinion played a significant role, and the year's most notable "non-barking dogs."

  • The Portrait from Iraq: How the Press Has Covered Events on the Ground

    Dec 19, 2007 - What image of war did journalists—challenged with reporting events from Iraq—portray to the American public in the first 10 months of 2007? What role did violence play in the coverage? Who did reporters rely on for information? A study of Iraq war coverage addresses these questions.  

  • The Portrait from Iraq - How the Press Has Covered Events on the Ground

    Dec 19, 2007 - A report from the Project for Excellence in Journalism about coverage of the Iraq War.

  • PEJ News Coverage Index: November 25 - 30, 2007, Rock 'em, Sock 'em Republicans Fuel Big Week of Campaign Coverage

    Dec 03, 2007 - PEJ News Coverage Index: November 25 - 30, 2007

  • A Survey of Reporters on the Front Lines of the War

    Nov 28, 2007 - After four years of war in Iraq, journalists reporting from that country give their coverage a mixed but generally positive assessment, and many say the situation there has been worse than the U.S. public has perceived. In a new report from the Project for Excellence in Journalism, the journalists -- mostly veteran war correspondents -- also describe conditions in Iraq as the most perilous they have ever encountered.

  • PEJ News Coverage Index: November 11 - 16, 2007, Gotcha and Mini-Scandals Fuel the Year’s Biggest Campaign Week

    Nov 19, 2007 - PEJ News Coverage Index: November 11 - 16, 2007.

  • PEJ Talk Show Index: November 4-9, 2007, Liberal Talkers Cheer the “I” Word – and so Does Rush

    Nov 15, 2007 - PEJ Talk Show Index for November 4-9, 2007.

  • PEJ News Coverage Index: October 28 - November 2, 2007: Obama, Huckabee, and a Feisty Philly Face Off

    Nov 08, 2007 - PEJ News Coverage Index for October 28 - November 2.

  • PEJ Talk Show Index: Oct. 28 - Nov. 2, 2007, The Talkers Hammer Hillary Clinton

    Nov 08, 2007 - There isn’t much that conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh and liberal talker Ed Schultz agree on. But last week, the two syndicated hosts from opposite sides of the political spectrum seemed to find common ground on one hot topic—Democratic presidential front runner Hillary Clinton.

  • The News You Choose: How User-Driven Content Differs from Mainstream Media

    Sep 12, 2007 - In a world without journalists, or at least without editors, what would the news agenda look like? A one-week study of a new crop of user-driven news sites by the Project for Excellence in Journalism suggests that the news agenda would be more diverse, more transitory, and often drawn from a very different and perhaps controversial list of sources.

  • PEJ News Coverage Index Quarterly Report: Presidential Campaign Overtakes Iraq as Media's Top Story

    Aug 23, 2007 - The 2008 Presidential campaign -- with its crowded field and accelerated timetable --emerged as the leading story in the American news media in the second quarter of 2007, supplanting the policy debate over Iraq.

  • Two Decades of American News Preferences

    Aug 23, 2007 - Public interest in news has changed slightly over the last two decades, but in a manner that suggests no meaningful trend. The average reading for the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press' News Interest Index did slip during the 1990s from 30% to 23%, a seemingly noteworthy decrease that represents nearly a fourth of the original level. Had the index continued to slide as much in the new millennium, that change would have suggested a trend of potentially great import. But in the current decade the index has bounced back to precisely its level during the 1980s: 30%.

  • Publisher Murdoch’s U.S. Track Record, A PEJ Backgrounder

    Aug 01, 2007 - In light of Rupert Murdoch's purchase of the Wall Street Journal, the PEJ offers an analysis of his track record.

  • Is the Fairness Doctrine Fair Game?

    Jul 19, 2007 - A PEJ backgrounder about the Fairness Doctrine.

  • Report: Are Candidate Web Sites Propaganda or News?

    Jul 12, 2007 - The Project for Excellence in Journalism explores presidential candidates' Web sites and what kinds of messages they express.

  • Analysis: Did Talk Hosts Help Derail the Immigration Bill?

    Jun 18, 2007 - On June 8 -- the day after the immigration bill suffered a major defeat when its backers failed to get a Senate vote -- there was barely disguised gloating on the part of some talk hosts, according to a PEJ analysis.

  • The Future of Journalism (Spring 2007 Trust Magazine briefing)

    Jun 04, 2007 - The Project for Excellence in Journalism's annual State of the News Media reports identify key trends facing the media.

  • A Spiritual Network in Cyberspace, Beliefnet.com Proves a Successful Model for Combining Journalism and Networking

    Jun 01, 2007 - Belief.com won the 2007 National Magazine Award in "Online General Excellence" despite not being a household name; it may be the new model for online journalism.

  • PEJ News Coverage Index Quarterly Report: Iraq War Coverage Mostly about the U.S., 2008 Presidential Campaign Coverage Mostly about Democrats

    Jun 01, 2007 - The first News Coverage Index Quarterly Report.

  • Assessing the Imus Mess

    Apr 12, 2007 - A PEJ report about the fallout from the Imus incident.

  • Cruising for News: The State of Digital Journalism

    Apr 05, 2007 - The State of the News Media 2007 was designed to help users understand news media options available on the Web as well as to assist news outlets in defining the capabilities they have developed so far.

  • The State of the News Media 2007

    Mar 12, 2007 - The 2007 edition of the Project for Excellence in Journalism's annual State of the News Media report.

  • A Verdict on the Media's Verdict on the Libby Trial, Not Guilty of Overt Celebration

    Mar 08, 2007 - Examination of the media's treatment of the Scooter Libby trial.

  • News Magazines Stumbling to the Finish Line in 2006

    Dec 14, 2006 - Project for Excellence in Journalism reports on the outlook for news magazines.

  • How 9-11 Changed News

    Sep 11, 2006 - Analysis of news content since Sept. 11, 2001.

  • The State of the News Media 2006

    Mar 13, 2006 - PEJ;s 2006 annual report examining the state of the American media.

  • Using What We Know: Knowledge Management at the Trusts (Winter 2005-2006 Trust Magazine article)

    Feb 01, 2006 - Use what you know. It’s a seemingly obvious point. But in an institution with scores of employees, multiple areas of focus and more than 50 years of grantmaking, how can we keep track of all that we know so that the accumulated knowledge is fully at our disposal?

  • The State of the News Media 2005

    Mar 14, 2005 - The State of the News Media 2005 find that technology is transforming citizens from passive consumers of news produced by professionals into active participants who can assemble their own journalism.

  • Changing Channels and Crisscrossing Cultures: A Survey of Latinos on the News Media

    Apr 19, 2004 - A report from the Pew Hispanic Center finds that many more Latinos get at least some of their news in both English and Spanish.

  • The State of the News Media 2004

    Mar 15, 2004 - The annual report on American journalism from the Project for Excellence in Journalism.

  • The Virtual Trail: Political Journalism on the Internet

    Oct 01, 2002 - A new command of information born of the Internet is the dominant theme found in interviews with political journalists for this report. Whether it is the flow of political news, the latest polls or the conflicting comments of a candidate, information is now one click away.

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