Technology has changed how people consume news, as well as the process of gathering it.  Information is now almost instantaneous and available anywhere in the world.  And news has been democratized so that voices outside the mainstream can be heard.

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.

Recent Work

July 13, 2021 State of the News Media methodology

The State of the News Media fact sheets use a range of different methodologies to study the health of the U.S. news industry, including custom analysis of news audience behavior, secondary analysis of industry data and direct reporting to solicit information unavailable elsewhere.

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June 14, 2021 Facebook Posts in Early Days of Biden Administration Reflect Ideological Divide

A new study of posts on popular public Facebook pages about the early days of the Biden administration finds that the focus of these posts, as well as the assessments of the new president, differed widely by the ideological orientation of the pages.

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June 14, 2021 Methodology

This study examines coverage of the Biden administration on popular Facebook pages during the week of March 8-14, 2021. This complements recent research looking at coverage of the early administration on television, radio and the web across a longer time frame. This is the latest report in Pew Research Center’s ongoing investigation of the state […]

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June 14, 2021 Acknowledgments

Pew Research Center is a subsidiary of The Pew Charitable Trusts, its primary funder. This is the latest report in Pew Research Center’s ongoing investigation of the state of news, information and journalism in the digital age, a research program funded by The Pew Charitable Trusts, with generous support from the John S. and James […]

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April 28, 2021 Appendix B: Detailed tables comparing news coverage of the first 100 days vs. 60 days of the Trump administration in 2017

This study analyzes the news coverage of the first 60 days of the Biden administration. For historical context, the current report often makes comparisons to the Center’s 2017 study about news coverage of the beginning of the Trump administration, which reported findings on the first 100 days of that administration. Since the current study is […]

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April 28, 2021 Acknowledgments

Pew Research Center is a subsidiary of The Pew Charitable Trusts, its primary funder. This is the latest report in Pew Research Center’s ongoing investigation of the state of news, information and journalism in the digital age, a research program funded by The Pew Charitable Trusts, with generous support from the John S. and James […]

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April 28, 2021 Appendix C: Content analysis detailed tables

AT THE 100 DAY MARK: NEWS COVERAGE OF BIDEN SLIGHTLY MORE NEGATIVE THAN POSITIVE, BUT VARIES DRAMATICALLY BY OUTLET CONTENT ANALYSIS DETAILED TABLES DATE JAN. 21, 2021– MARCH 21, 2021  

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April 28, 2021 Appendix A: Grouping outlets by audience ideology and grouping survey respondents by media diet

Determining the ideological composition of news outlets’ audiences For the analysis of both the content and survey data, each of the 25 news outlets included in this study is grouped according to the ideological composition of its audience. This grouping is based on the ratio of the proportion of the audience who self-identify as liberal […]

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