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

June 29, 2020 Methodology

The American Trends Panel survey methodology The American Trends Panel (ATP), created by Pew Research Center, is a nationally representative panel of randomly selected U.S. adults. Panelists participate via self-administered web surveys. Panelists who do not have internet access at home are provided with a tablet and wireless internet connection. The panel is being managed […]

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June 29, 2020 Acknowledgments

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 […]

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June 29, 2020 3. Most Americans have heard of the conspiracy theory that the COVID-19 outbreak was planned, and about one-third of those aware of it say it might be true

A conspiracy theory video suggesting, among other things, that the COVID-19 pandemic was planned received national attention in early May. While only one-in-ten Americans say they watched any of the video itself, far more have heard of the broader theory that powerful people intentionally planned the coronavirus outbreak. A majority of U.S. adults (71%) say […]

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June 29, 2020 2. Americans still follow COVID-19 news, though with less intensity; many say this news is becoming more political

A large majority of Americans (86%) surveyed from June 4-10 say they are following news about the COVID-19 outbreak “very” or “fairly” closely. That portion is close to the share who said the same in March and April, when between 87% and 92% were following the outbreak very or fairly closely. But the June survey, […]

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June 29, 2020 1. Americans rate CDC highly, Trump and his administration poorly on getting the facts right about COVID-19

Americans are skeptical about whether some key sources for news and information are getting the facts right about the coronavirus outbreak. Of five types of sources on the survey, only one garners a clear majority saying it gets the facts about the outbreak right at least most of the time. Nearly two-thirds of U.S. adults […]

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June 29, 2020 Three Months In, Many Americans See Exaggeration, Conspiracy Theories and Partisanship in COVID-19 News

After three months of news and information, 64% of U.S. adults say the CDC mostly gets the facts about the outbreak right; 30% say the same about President Trump and his administration.

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June 24, 2020 Methodology

This study takes a close look at the public spaces (public pages and groups) on Facebook in which coronavirus-related posts with links in March 2020 received a high level of interactions. During this time, the United States went from having two known deaths from the virus on March 1 to a stay-at-home order in most […]

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