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.
One-in-five federal, state and local candidate tweets in 2022 have mentioned race, abortion, education or the economy.
Half of 18- to 29-year-olds say they have at least some trust in the information they get from social media sites.
The share of U.S. adults who say they regularly get news from TikTok has roughly tripled from 3% in 2020 to 10% in 2022.
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In 2021, 11% of high-circulation newspapers experienced layoffs, compared with three times that share the year before (33%).
In recent years, several new options have emerged in the social media universe, many of which explicitly present themselves as alternatives to more established social media platforms. Free speech ideals and heated political themes prevail on these sites, which draw praise from their users and skepticism from other Americans.
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