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.
Responses to cable news coverage and the pandemic vary notably among Americans who identify Fox News, MSNBC or CNN as their main source of political news.
More than half of these social media news consumers say they have encountered made-up news about COVID-19.
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One striking area of difference within each party lies in the news sources people turn to for political news. The first survey conducted for Pew Research Center’s Election News Pathways project asked respondents whether they got political news in the past week from each of 30 different news outlets. Researchers then grouped Democrats and Republicans […]
Made-up news about the coronavirus has ranged from fake cures to false news reports to conspiracy theories. These efforts seem to have had at least some impact on the American public. About half of U.S. adults (48%) report seeing at least some made-up news or information regarding the outbreak of COVID-19, with 12% saying they […]
Americans are paying very close attention to news about COVID-19, the new strain of coronavirus that is upending daily lives and wreaking havoc on the stock market. About half of U.S. adults (51%) say they are following this news very closely, and another 38% are following it fairly closely. This high level of attention cuts […]
About half say they have seen at least some made-up news about the virus; 29% think it was created in a lab.
There are notable differences between white and black Democrats in news consumption habits and assessments of recent political events and figures in the news.
Data in the Election News Pathways project is drawn from The American Trends Panel, a nationally representative panel of randomly selected U.S. adults. Read for more information about this survey's methodology.