News Media

The public’s news interests and perceptions of the press are key areas of focus for the Pew Research Center.

A nonpartisan “fact tank” that provides data on the issues, attitudes and trends shaping America and the world, the center collects information through several methods, including public opinion polling, online surveys and empirical research.

Survey data aid the news media, academic researchers and others to better understand how the American public views and uses the media, and media issues.

The Pew Research Center does not take positions on policy debates. It is a subsidiary of Pew and is based in Washington, D.C.

For more information about its public opinion research on the U.S. media, visit the Pew Research Center Web site.

Report

  • Small Digital News Sites: Young, Lean and Local

    Apr 10, 2014 - Although Huffington Post, BuzzFeed and Ezra Klein’s new Vox.com generate considerable attention as representatives of the digital media future, they are in fact, not typical representatives of the native digital news landscape.

  • State of the News Media 2014

    Mar 26, 2014 - In many ways, 2013 and early 2014 brought a level of energy to the news industry not seen for a long time. Even as challenges of the past several years continue and new ones emerge, the activities this year have created a new sense of optimism – or perhaps hope – for the future of American journalism.

  • Nearly Half of Public Says ‘Right Amount’ of Malaysian Jet Coverage

    Mar 24, 2014 - The public followed news about the missing Malaysia Airlines plane more closely than any other story last week. While the story has attracted extensive news coverage, especially from cable TV outlets, most Americans do not feel there has been too much coverage of the missing jetliner.

  • News Use Across Social Media Platforms

    Nov 14, 2013 - Recent analysis by the Pew Research Center in collaboration with the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation shows the role news plays across 11 social networking sites, such as Facebook and Twitter.

  • Public Registers Bumpy Launch of Health Care Exchange Websites

    Oct 21, 2013 - A few weeks after the launch of the state-level online health insurance exchanges that are a cornerstone of the Affordable Care Act, the public’s impression is that it has been a bumpy launch. About three-in-ten Americans (29%) say the online health insurance exchanges are working very or fairly well while 46% say they are not.

  • Favorable Views of Business, Labor Rebound

    Jun 27, 2013 - Overall, more Americans now hold a favorable (55%) than an unfavorable (39%) view of business corporations; two years ago, opinion was reversed (52% unfavorable, 38% favorable). Similarly, views of labor unions have returned to positive territory, with 51% holding a favorable view and 42% holding an unfavorable view – far better ratings than the 46% unfavorable/41% favorable balance of opinion registered in 2011.

  • Public Split over Impact of NSA Leak, But Most Want Snowden Prosecuted

    Jun 17, 2013 - The public is divided over whether the leak of classified information about NSA phone and internet surveillance serves the public interest. But a majority says that former government contractor Edward Snowden should be criminally prosecuted.

  • Most Say Disaster Spending Does Not Require Offsetting Cuts

    May 30, 2013 - As Oklahoma recovers from severe damage caused by last week’s tornado, a majority of Americans (59%) say federal spending in response to natural disasters is emergency aid that does not need to be offset by cuts to other programs, while 29% say such spending must be offset by cuts to other programs.

  • Introducing Fact Tank

    May 21, 2013 - Welcome to Fact Tank, a new, real-time platform from the Pew Research Center, dedicated to finding news in the numbers.

  • Supreme Court's Favorable Rating Still at Historic Low

    Mar 26, 2013 - As the Supreme Court prepares to hear arguments on two same-sex marriage cases, and with several other high-profile cases on its docket, the court's favorability rating remains close to an all-time low.

  • Nearly 1-in-3 Say They Have Abandoned a News Source

    Mar 18, 2013 - In the news media, a continued erosion of reporting resources has converged with growing opportunities for newsmakers, such as political figures, government agencies, companies and others, to take their messages directly to the public. The public, for its part, is not very aware of the financial struggles that have led to the news industry's cutbacks in reporting, but nearly one-in-three (31%) say they have stopped turning to a particular news outlet because it no longer provides the news they were accustomed to getting. These are among the major findings in the Pew Research Center's 2013 State of the News Media report, its 10th annual report on the health and status of American journalism.

  • Nearly Half Say Protection is Top Reason for Owning a Gun

    Mar 12, 2013 - The vast majority of gun owners say that having a gun makes them feel safer. And far more today than in 1999 cite protection – rather than hunting or other activities – as the main reason they own guns.

  • 4-in-10 Say Let Sequester Happen

    Feb 21, 2013 - If the president and Congress cannot reach a deficit reduction agreement before the deadline, 40% of Americans say it would be better to let the automatic spending cuts go into effect, while 49% say it would be better to delay the cuts.

  • 4 Newspapers Find Success in Grim Economic Landscape

    Feb 11, 2013 - The report follows a year-long effort to identify newspaper successes in the search for new business models. This report analyzes four such dailies whose executives explained, in detail, the motivation and strategy behind their experiments and shared internal data about the results with the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism.

  • Test Your News IQ

    Feb 06, 2013 - The latest update of the Pew Research Center’s regular News IQ quiz uses a set of 13 pictures, maps, graphs and symbols to test knowledge of current affairs.

  • Interactive: Explore Public Attitudes Toward Government, 1958-2013

    Jan 31, 2013 - Trust in the federal government remains mired near a historic low, while frustration with government remains high and for the first time, a majority of the public says that the federal government threatens their personal rights and freedoms.

  • Top Pew Research Findings for 2012

    Dec 31, 2012 - See findings from this year’s surveys that told us a bigger story about the trends shaping our world, including politics, the economy, the rise of social media, education and other key issues.

  • After Newtown, Modest Change in Opinion About Gun Control

    Dec 21, 2012 - In the wake of the Newtown shootings, public opinion on gun control has shown only modest change since July.

  • Election, Tragedies Dominate 2012 News

    Dec 21, 2012 - The public’s news interests were very much focused on domestic developments this year, with the election outcome, last week’s horrific school shooting and Hurricane Sandy leading the list of the top stories of 2012.

  • Public Divided Over Lessons from Newtown

    Dec 17, 2012 - Americans are evenly divided over whether the Newtown shootings reflect broader problems in society or are just isolated acts of troubled individuals.

  • Pew Research Year in Review

    Dec 17, 2012 - Take a look at Pew Research Center’s top findings of the year that told us a bigger story about the trends shaping our world.

  • Public Attitudes on Gun Control

    Dec 17, 2012 - As the nation learns more about the tragic shootings that killed 27 school children and adults at a Connecticut elementary school, the Pew Research Center has put together its data on public opinion on gun control and gun rights.

  • Public Says U.S. Does Not Have a Responsibility in Syria(2)

    Dec 14, 2012 - As fighting in Syria rages on, the public continues to say that the U.S. does not have a responsibility to do something about it. A new Pew Research survey also finds little change in the public's sympathies in the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians.

  • Public Says U.S. Does Not Have a Responsibility in Syria

    Dec 14, 2012 - As fighting in Syria rages on, the public continues to say that the U.S. does not have a responsibility to do something about it. A new Pew Research survey also finds little change in the public's sympathies in the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians.

  • Young Voters Supported Obama Less, But May Have Mattered More

    Nov 26, 2012 - Barack Obama won 60% of the vote among those younger than 30, down from 66% in 2008, but his youth support may have been an even more important factor in his victory this year.

  • More Following 'Fiscal Cliff' Debate than Petraeus Investigation

    Nov 19, 2012 - Nearly identical percentages of Republicans (36%) and Democrats (35%) say they very closely followed the debate over the automatic spending cuts and tax increases that will take effect at the beginning of next year unless the president and Congress act.

  • Pew Research's Record on Elections

    Nov 15, 2012 - A new infographic looks at the previous five presidential races and Pew Research Center's record in predicting the vote.

  • Voters Give Low Marks to the 2012 Campaign

    Nov 15, 2012 - Many voters say the 2012 presidential election campaign was more negative than usual and had less discussion of issues than in most previous campaigns. Pew Research Center for the People & the Press reports voter gave mixed grades to the candidates, the consultants, the press and the pollsters.

  • Misreading the 2012 Election

    Nov 13, 2012 - Postelection talk of "lessons learned" is often exaggerated and misleading, and so it is in 2012, writes Pew Research President Andrew Kohut.

  • Behind Gay Marriage Momentum, Regional Gaps Persist

    Nov 12, 2012 - While support for gay marriage is on the rise nationwide, there are wide regional differences in the level of support, which Pew Research finds strongest in New England and weakest in the South.

  • Changing Face of America Helps Obama Re-election

    Nov 07, 2012 - Barack Obama retained enough support from key elements of his base to win reelection, even as he lost ground nationally since 2008. In particular, Obama maintained wide advantages among young people, women, minorities, and both the less affluent and the well-educated, according to the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press.

  • More Interest in Hurricane than Election

    Nov 05, 2012 - Overall, 47% say they have been following news about the candidates for the 2012 presidential election very closely, down modestly from 52% a week ago, according to the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press.

  • Obama Gains Edge in Campaign's Final Days

    Nov 04, 2012 - Barack Obama has edged ahead of Mitt Romney in the final days of the presidential campaign. Obama holds a 48% to 45% lead among likely voters. The Pew Research Center's final estimate of the national popular vote is Obama 50% and Romney 47%, when the undecided vote is allocated between the two candidates.

  • Party of Nonvoters: Who Are They?

    Nov 01, 2012 - The Pew Research Center for the People & the Press states a sizable minority of adults choose not to vote or are unable to vote. They will affect the outcome of the presidential election by their absence. Who are they?

  • In Deadlocked Race, Neither Side Has Ground Game Advantage

    Oct 31, 2012 - Just as the presidential race is deadlocked, the candidates are running about even when it comes to the ground game. Voters report being contacted at about the same rates by each campaign. And neither candidate has a clear advantage among early voters, according to the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press.

  • Presidential Race Even; Romney Holds Turnout Edge

    Oct 29, 2012 - As the presidential campaign enters its final week, the race is even among likely voters: 47% favor Barack Obama and the same percentage supports Mitt Romney. While Romney holds a turnout advantage, Obama leads on many personal characteristics and issues, reports the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press.

  • Fully 10% of Campaign Donors Say They Contributed Via Mobile

    Oct 25, 2012 - Democrats are more likely to contribute online or from their cell phone, while Republicans are more likely to contribute in person, by phone call, or via regular mail, according to the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project.

  • How America Has Changed Since 2008

    Oct 24, 2012 - View a Pew Research presentation tracking the shifts in public views on the issues, the makeup of the electorate and how the campaigns are engaging voters.

  • Republicans Increasingly Positive About Presidential Campaign

    Oct 23, 2012 - Republicans express increasingly positive opinions about the presidential campaign and are now about as likely as Democrats to view the campaign as interesting and informative, according to a new Pew Research study.

  • Growing Pessimism about Arab Spring Aftermath

    Oct 18, 2012 - A new Pew Research survey finds increasing public pessimism about developments in the Middle East and more support for tough policies to deal with Iran’s nuclear program and economic issues with China.

  • Storify: Pew Research Findings on Issues Raised in Second Debate

    Oct 18, 2012 - What does the public at large think about the issues raised in the second presidential debate? Here's what Pew Research surveys have shown.

  • More Americans Say There Is Solid Evidence of Global Warming

    Oct 15, 2012 - Two-thirds of Americans now say there is solid evidence of global warming and an increasing proportion also say that the rise in the earth's temperature has mostly been caused by human activity, finds the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press.

  • Voters Divided Over Who Will Win Second Presidential Debate

    Oct 15, 2012 - Fully 41% of voters say Obama will do better, while 37% expect Romney to prevail, according to the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press. This stands in stark contrast to expectations prior to the first presidential debate two weeks ago, which voters expected Obama to win by a 51%-29% margin.

  • Romney's '47%' Comment Criticized, But Many Say News Overcovered Issue

    Oct 01, 2012 - Fully two-thirds of voters (67%) correctly identify Mitt Romney as the candidate who said 47% of the public is dependent on government and more than half of them (55%) have a negative reaction, according to a new study from the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press.

  • Television is Vulnerable in Changing News Landscape

    Sep 27, 2012 - There are signs that television news -- like the print news sources before it -- may be losing its hold on the next generation of news consumers. Online and digital news consumption continues to increase, driven by expanding use of mobile devices and the rise of social networking.

  • Middle East Turmoil Closely Followed

    Sep 17, 2012 - Four-in-ten Americans say they are closely following the news about the attacks on U.S. embassies in the Middle East. Those following have much more positive opinions about Barack Obama's handling of the situation than Mitt Romney's comments on the crisis.

  • Record Partisan Gap in Views of Economic News

    Sep 11, 2012 - Partisan differences in views of economic news are wider than ever. Just 15% of Democrats say recent economic news is mostly bad, compared with 60% of Republicans and 36% of independents, according to a new Pew Research study.

  • What One Word Best Describes Barack Obama?

    Sep 06, 2012 - Four years ago, voters' descriptions of Barack Obama focused on his newness on the political scene and "change" was the most frequently-used positive term. According to a new Pew Research/Washington Post poll released today, the public's descriptions now reflect the mixed views of his presidency.

  • What One Word Best Describes Joe Biden?

    Sep 05, 2012 - Asked for their one-word impression of Joe Biden, more people use negative than positive words to describe the vice president. Many of the negative words disparage Biden's competence and performance, according to a new Pew Research/Washington Post poll.

  • Eastwood Shares Top Billing with Romney at Republican Convention

    Sep 05, 2012 - The public paid far less attention to this year's Republican convention in Tampa, reports the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press. Among those who watched at least a little of the event last week, 20% said Clint Eastwood's speech was the highlight of the event and 17% said the same for Mitt Romney's speech.

  • Paul Ryan: One Word Descriptions

    Aug 29, 2012 - As Paul Ryan prepares to accept his nomination as the GOP’s vice presidential candidate, the American public has a mixed impression of him.

  • More Interest in GOP Platform than Romney's Speech

    Aug 27, 2012 - As the Republican convention gets underway, more Americans express interest in learning about what's in the GOP platform than in speeches by either Mitt Romney or his running mate, Paul Ryan.

  • Where Do You Fit?: The Political Party Quiz

    Aug 24, 2012 - Do your views align more with Republicans, Democrats or Independents? Answer 12 questions in a new Pew Research Center quiz to learn where you fit on the political spectrum, just in time for the party conventions. Explore how you compare to other Americans by age, gender, race and religion.

  • The Master Character Narratives in Campaign 2012

    Aug 23, 2012 - The portrayal in the news media of the character and records of the two presidential contenders has been as negative as any campaign in recent times, and neither has enjoyed any advantage over the other. A new report from the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism looks at the main media narratives and whether they are breaking through with voters.

  • The Complicated Politics of Abortion

    Aug 23, 2012 - Following Missouri GOP Senate candidate Todd Akin's controversial comments about abortion, the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press looks at previous public opinion reports on abortion among Democrats and Republicans and in the campaign.

  • Conventions Still Draw Sizable Audience, Boost Campaign Interest

    Aug 22, 2012 - The Pew Research Center for the People and the Press finds the Republican and Democratic conventions still give the parties a chance to define their presidential candidates and spark public interest in the campaign. In 2008, notably, both conventions attracted sizable audiences, especially among their own partisans.

  • Medicare Voucher Plan Remains Unpopular with Public

    Aug 21, 2012 - Paul Ryan's selection to the GOP ticket has put the issue of Medicare squarely on the campaign agenda, a new Pew Research Center report finds. The public is aware of a proposal to gradually shift Medicare to a system of vouchers and is, on balance, more opposed than supportive of the idea. The public offers a relatively negative assessment of Mitt Romney's choice of Ryan, while views of Joe Biden's performance are even more negative.

  • Majority of Americans Follow Olympic Games on TV, Online, Social Media

    Aug 06, 2012 - According to a new report from the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press, nearly eight in 10 Americans are following coverage of the Olympic Games in London. Seventy-three percent say they watched the games on television, 17% say they have watched online, and 12% say they have followed coverage on social media sites.

  • Colorado Shootings Capture Public's Interest

    Jul 23, 2012 - About half of the public says they very closely followed news about the deadly shooting rampage shortly after midnight Friday in a Colorado movie theater, making this one of the most closely followed stories so far in 2012.

  • 72% of Americans Follow Local News Closely

    Apr 12, 2012 - Nearly three quarters of Americans say they follow local news closely most of the time, whether or not something important is happening. These news enthusiasts are more wedded to their local newspapers than others. Yet, younger local news followers differ in some important ways, including less reliance on local papers -- a potential sign of changes to come in the local news environment.

  • Views of Law Enforcement, Racial Progress and News Coverage of Race

    Mar 30, 2012 - The controversy over the killing of Trayvon Martin has highlighted a range of issues that include treatment of blacks by local police departments, the state of race relations in the U.S. and news coverage of African Americans. Surveys by the Pew Research Center in recent years found that African Americans have had markedly different perceptions than whites when it came to these subjects.

  • Trayvon Martin Killing Is Public's Top News Story

    Mar 27, 2012 - The growing controversy over the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Florida was the public's most followed story last week, though African Americans were more than twice as likely as whites to cite it. The gap between black and white attentiveness to news about the story follows a pattern seen in other stories that raised questions about race and the law dating back more than 20 years.

  • Where People Get Information about Restaurants and Local Businesses

    Dec 14, 2011 - People looking for information about local restaurants and other businesses say they rely on the internet, especially search engines, ahead of any other source. Newspapers, both printed copies and the websites of newspaper companies, run second behind the internet as the source that people rely on for this information.

  • How Mainstream Media Outlets Use Twitter

    Nov 14, 2011 - Twitter has been embraced by news organizations today but is used in limited ways, according to a new study by the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism and The George Washington University. The study addresses questions about how news outlets use the social media tool to share, gather and curate information.

  • Press Widely Criticized, But Trusted More than Other Information Sources

    Sep 22, 2011 - Negative opinions about the performance of news organizations now equal or surpass all-time highs on nine of 12 core measures the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press has been tracking since 1985. However, news organizations are more trusted sources of information than are many other institutions, including government and business.

  • What's Your News IQ?

    Mar 31, 2011 - The public is generally aware of basic facts about several recent national and international news stories, but is much less knowledgeable about current politics in Washington, according to the Pew Research Center’s latest News IQ survey.

  • The Elusive 90% Solution

    Mar 11, 2011 - In a recent survey, fully 90% of the public said that they were hearing mostly bad news about gas prices. Reaching this threshold is a rare occurrence, as polls typically focus on current issues with considerable disagreement. But there are some things that 90% of Americans agree on.

  • Americans Spending More Time Following the News

    Sep 12, 2010 - Instead of replacing traditional news platforms, Americans are increasingly integrating new technologies into their news consumption habits according to a report from The Pew Research Center for the People & the Press.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.  

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Hillary’s New Job Better Known than Dow Jones Average

    Dec 15, 2008 - While just about everyone knows Obama's new secretary of state, fewer than half were generally aware of where the Dow is trading these days. A new Pew News IQ survey provides an updated look at the public's knowledge of political and world affairs.

  • 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.

  • Liberal Democrats Top Conservative Republicans in Donations, Activism

    Oct 23, 2008 - With less than two weeks to go before Election Day, voters remain riveted to the presidential campaign. But liberal Democrats are leading the way by engaging in far more activism than other partisan and ideological groups, according to the Pew Research Center. The survey also finds new indications of the Internet’s expanding reach in political communication.

  • News Interest Index: Most Voters Say News Media Wants Obama to Win

    Oct 22, 2008 - By a margin of 70%-9%, voters say most journalists want to see Obama, not McCain, win on Nov. 4. Since 1992, voters have consistently believed the media favor the Democratic candidate, but this year's margin is especially wide.

  • 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.  

  • 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 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • The Gender Gap in News Interest

    Feb 06, 2008 - The Pew Research Center for the People and the Press looks at the public's news interests over the past year and finds continuing differences between women and men in the types of news stories that they follow very closely.

  • Internet's Broader Role in Campaign 2008

    Jan 11, 2008 - The internet is living up to its potential as a major source for news about the presidential campaign. Nearly a quarter of Americans say they regularly learn something about the campaign from the internet, almost the double the percentage from a comparable point in the 2004 campaign.

  • 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."

  • 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.

  • News Interest Index: Campaign, War and Returning Troops

    Nov 21, 2007 - While the national news media focused heavily on the 2008 presidential campaign last week, the public divided its interest between the campaign and the Iraq war.

  • News Interest Index: Heavy Campaign Coverage Draws Large Audience

    Nov 08, 2007 - The 2008 presidential campaign dominated the national news last week, driven in large part by the lively Democratic debate in Philadelphia. Public interest in the campaign was up somewhat from previous weeks with 27% of Americans paying very close attention to campaign news.

  • News Interest Index: California Wildfires Draw Large Audience

    Nov 01, 2007 - The California wildfires overshadowed all other news stories last week both in terms of public interest and news coverage. Four-in-ten Americans followed news about the fires very closely, making it the fourth most closely followed news story of the year.

  • News Interest Index: Public Tunes out Ellen DeGeneres Controversy

    Oct 25, 2007 - News about the dangers of an antibiotic-resistant staph infection (MRSA) caught the public's attention last week. More than a quarter of Americans paid very close attention to this story and 18% listed it as the single news story they followed more closely than any other – placing it at the top of the weekly news interest index.

  • Iraq Dominates News Landscape in First Half of 2007

    Jul 01, 2007 - Iraq has been the most closely followed news story in 18 of the 22 weeks that the Pew Research Center has been tracking public attentiveness to the news.

  • News Interest Index: Why Change the Channel?

    Jun 20, 2007 - In spite of their general criticisms of the media, Americans have good things to say about the major broadcast and cable news networks, according to this Pew Research Center survey.

  • News Interest Index: Gas Prices Grab the Public's Attention

    Jun 01, 2007 - The rising price of gasoline replaced the Iraq war last week as the public's most closely followed news story. More than half of the public (52%) paid very close attention to news about gas prices.

  • News Interest Index: Iraq and Tornadoes Top the News

    May 24, 2007 - The Iraq war continued to dominate both coverage and interest. Fully 30% of the public followed news about the current situation in Iraq very closely and 24% listed this as the single news story they followed more closely than any other.

  • 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.

  • News Interest Index: Anna Nicole Audience Praises Press Coverage

    Mar 01, 2007 - Anna Nicole Smith's death and the bizarre aftermath continue to fascinate a significant segment of the American public and the mainstream media, according to the latest findings of the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press.

  • Online Papers Modestly Boost Newspaper Readership

    Aug 03, 2006 - Results of the biennial news consumption survey by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press.

  • The State of the News Media 2006

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

  • 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.

  • In Good Company (Fall 2004 Trust Magazine article)

    Oct 01, 2004 -  A new subsidiary — the Pew Research Center — is one change following Pew's governing transformation. The components of this organization, however, are well known.

  • A Year of Contention at Home and Abroad

    Jan 29, 2004 - A 2003 year-end report from the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press summarizes nearly 50,000 interviews in the U.S. and worldwide.

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