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.
The analysis in this report uses data from five waves of the American Trends Panel (ATP), which were fielded during November 2019, and February, March, April, and June 2020. Respondents’ most-used platform for political and election news was asked in the November 2019 survey, and all demographic characteristics of each group are taken from that […]
The American News Pathways project was made possible by The Pew Charitable Trusts. Pew Research Center is a subsidiary of The Pew Charitable Trusts, its primary funder. This initiative is a collaborative effort based on the input and analysis of the following individuals. Find related reports online at https://www.pewresearch.org/topics/election-news-pathways/. Research Team Amy Mitchell, Director, Journalism […]
The average percentage who gave the correct responses to 29 fact-based questions on American News Pathways surveys between November 2019 and June 2020 is calculated by taking the sum of the percentage of respondents that gave the correct answer to each of the 29 questions and then dividing by the total number of questions (29). […]
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Even as Americans who primarily get their political news on social media are less likely to follow most news topics and be aware of specific events in the news, people in this group are as aware – or sometimes more aware – of several unproven claims and fringe theories related to the COVID-19 outbreak. One […]
U.S. adults whose most common way of getting political and election news is social media lag behind Americans who turn to most other sources of news in their knowledge and understanding of the COVID-19 outbreak, politics and other current events. Between October 2019 and June 2020, the American News Pathways project asked 29 fact-based knowledge […]
In a number of areas, the 18% of U.S. adults who say social media is their most common way to get political and election news stand out from adults who most often follow politics on other platforms (such as print, radio, television or news websites). Most notably, the social media group is the youngest by […]
Along with their demographic distinctions, those whose most common way of getting political and election news is social media also stand out for their relative lack of engagement with a number of major stories in the news. While the coronavirus pandemic and the social unrest in the wake of the police killing of George Floyd […]
U.S. adults in this group are less likely to get the facts right about COVID-19 and politics and more likely to hear some unproven claims.