Early Biden News Coverage More Policy Than Character-Driven

Nearly two-thirds of Biden stories during his first two months in office were on his policy agenda and ideology, and 35% about his character and leadership style, the Pew Research Center found. For Donald Trump, three-quarters of the early stories were about his character and leadership, Pew said.

Key Findings About The Online News Landscape

The digital news industry in the United States is facing a complex future. On one hand, a steadily growing portion of Americans are getting news through the internet, many U.S. adults get news on social media, and employment at digital-native outlets has increased. On the other, digital news has not been immune to issues affecting the broader media environment, including layoffs, made-up news and public distrust.

Social Media Tops Papers As News Source

One-in-five U.S. adults say they often get news via social media, slightly higher than the share who often do so from print newspapers (16%) for the first time since Pew Research Center began asking these questions. In 2017, the portion who got news via social media was about equal to the portion who got news from print newspapers.

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Pew: TV News Holding Its Own Against Online

The web is closing in on television as a news source for U.S. adults, but the Pew Research Center points to signs that local TV news still has a healthy standing and engenders more trust among viewers.

Pew: Local TV News Viewing Is Dropping Fast

Americans are relying less on television for their news. Just 50% of U.S. adults now get news regularly from television, down from 57% a year prior in early 2016. But that audience drain varies across the three TV sectors: local, network and cable. Local TV has experienced the greatest decline but still garners the largest audience of the three

Pew: Local Most-Watched TV News Source

Local TV news has shed audience over the past decade, including this past year in most timeslots, according to a new study. Even with these viewership losses, local TV news still garners more viewers on average than on average than network and cable. However, for election news, viewers tend to turn to cable.

Pew: Dems, GOP Sharply Divided on Media

About as many Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents think the news media has a positive (44%) as negative (46%) impact on the way things are going in the country, according to new research from Pew Research. Republicans, by about eight-to-one (85% to 10%), say the news media has a negative effect.

Dems More Interested In Watchdog Media

The Pew Research Center poll found that 89 percent of Democrats judged media criticism worth it because it keeps political leaders from doing things they shouldn’t, while only 42 percent of Republicans felt that way. While supporters of a party out of power are generally more interested in seeing reporters dig for news than those in power, the gap hasn’t been nearly this wide since Pew began looking at the question in 1985.

Audience: Media Should Offer Just The Facts

Civic Engagement Tied To Local News Habits

A new study by Pew Research Center reveals that, overall, the civically engaged are indeed more likely than the less engaged to use and value local news.

News Consumption Tilts To Phones, Facebook

A new report from the Pew Research Center depicts a news-consuming public that’s increasingly using smartphones to access its information with two-thirds of Facebook users turning to news there — a particularly chilling number given the social platform’s algorithm shift last week devaluing news in its feed. Among numerous other takeaways, the study finds 75% of Americans think news organizations are biased. 

Local TV News Viewership Slips Again

The gradual decline in local television viewership resumed in 2015, after a brief break the previous two years. Local TV newscasts saw their viewership drop not only in all three key timeslots, but also during some nontraditional timeslots, an area of growth in past years. Stations generated less revenue in 2015 than the year before, but the decline was around what might be expected in a non-election year. The question of local TV’s future in a digital era has not gone away, as the industry remains strategically focused on its traditional viewing platform, where its core audience is largely still found.

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Social Media — The Local TV For Millennials?

When it comes to where younger Americans get news about politics and government, social media look to be the local TV of the millennial generation. About 6-in-10 online millennials (61%) report getting political news on Facebook in a given week, a much larger percentage than turn to any other news source, according to a new Pew Research Center analysis. This stands in stark contrast to Internet-using baby boomers, for whom local TV tops the list of sources for political news at nearly the same reach (60%).

CNN Disputes Pew Data On Online Viewing

Pew: More Viewers, Rev For Local TV News

According to Pew Research Center’s annual State of the News Media survey, local TV continues to capture broadcast viewers, with slight increases for evening (3%) and morning (2%) newscasts and larger ones for early morning and midday in 2014. Network television news saw a second straight year of audience growth (5% in evening and 2% in morning), for a combined average evening viewership of roughly 24 million.

Local News Still Matters In A Digital Age

Whether in a tech-savvy metropolis or a city where the town square is still the communication hub, local news matters deeply to the lives of residents. Across three disparate metro areas in the U.S., nearly nine-in-10 residents follow local news closely — and about half do so very closely, according to a new, in-depth Pew Research Center study. About two-thirds of the residents in each city discuss local news in person a few times a week or more.

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Journos: Govt. Has Their Electronic Data

About two-thirds of investigative journalists surveyed (64%) believe that the U.S. government has probably collected data about their phone calls, emails or online communications, and eight-in-10 believe that being a journalist increases the likelihood that their data will be collected.

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M&A, Content Sharing Shapes Local TV News

Local television in the U.S. saw massive change in 2013, change that remained under the radar of most Americans. Big owners of local TV stations got substantially bigger, thanks to a wave of station purchases. While the TV business profited, the impact on consumers is less clear and seems to vary from one market to the next. Still, the rapidly spreading practice of separately owned stations being operated jointly drew criticism from consumer groups and new scrutiny from federal regulators.

5 Key Findings About Digital News Audiences

The method that someone uses to get to a news website is a major indicator of their behavior once they arrive there, according to a new study from the Pew Research Center.

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Study: Press Is Good Watchdog, Bad Reporter

The public gives the press high marks for its role as a watchdog, but that’s about where the good report card ends. When it comes to accuracy, fairness and independence, the public’s opinion of news organizations remains at an all-time low, according to the Pew Research Center’s biennial media attitudes survey.

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Public’s Respect For Journalists Declines

The Pew Research Center’s latest survey of public appreciation of 10 different occupations shows journalists dropped 10% from four years ago, the largest decrease of any of the occupations surveyed. The share of the public saying that journalists contribute a lot to society is down 10 percentage points, from 38% in 2009 to 28% in 2013. The drop is particularly pronounced among women (down 17 points). About as many U.S. adults now say journalists contribute “not very much” or “nothing at all” to society (27%) as say they contribute a lot (28%).

Study: More Media Pro Views On Same-Sex Marriage

NEW YORK (AP) — Around the time the U.S. Supreme Court was considering the same-sex marriage issue, news reports had more comments from supporters than opponents, a study released Monday concluded. The Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism looked at nearly 500 stories on the topic over a two-month period that began just […]

Pew: 67% Of Internet Users Use Social Media

A Pew Research Center survey found that young adults (18-29) are more likely to use social media than any other age group. Facebook was the preferred social site among those surveyed, followed by Twitter.

Discovering Mobile News Demographics

In the growing realm of mobile news, men and the more highly educated emerge as more engaged news consumers, according to a new study. These findings parallel, for the most part, demographic patterns of general news consumption. One area where younger users distinguish themselves involves advertising in the tablet news space: 18-to 29-year-old tablet news users touch or click on ads when getting news to a far greater degree than older generations

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Pew Study: TV Top Local News Source

Whether people live in a big city or down on the farm, their most-used source for local news is TV, according to a new report from the Pew Research Center. But there are differences in how many platforms people use to find news, and how much they use each one, depending on their urban, rural, or inbetween lifestyle.

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Local News Ties To Nets May Hurt Credibility

We’ve seen examples where stations have completely disconnected their marketing from  their network’s because research revealed the connection to be poison to their local news credibility. Stations should be careful not to have their credibility dragged down by the national media.

 

Study: News Sites Fail To Aim Ads At Users

A Pew Research Center study found that news Web sites are not making effective use of technology that tailors advertising to users’ online behavior.

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Economy Is Year’s Most-Covered Story

The economy was the year’s top story, followed by the Middle East uprisings, the presidential campaign and the Japan quake and tsunami, according to the Project for Excellence in Journalism.

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News Orgs Use Twitter To Link To Own News

News organizations are using Twitter primarily to disseminate their own material, according to a new study from the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism.

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Tablet Users Don’t Want To Pay For News

A new study from the Pew Research Center’s Project for the Excellence in Journalism found that 11% of American adults own a tablet of some kind, and a majority of them spend 90 minutes a day using the device. But just 14% of tablet users said they have paid for news content on their tablets.

Pew: Local TV News Faces Mobile Threat

A new report from the Pew Research Center reaffirms that TV is still the most popular local medium overall. Viewers primarily tune in for just three things: weather, breaking news, and traffic. But the study also notes TV “might easily be replaced by mobile platforms that are even more accessible than TV.”

Pew: 77% Think News Orgs Are Biased

A majority of Americans believe news organizations favor one side when reporting the news, while some 80% felt that news outlets were influenced by powerful people and organizations, according to a new study from the Pew Research Center.

Internet Gains On TV As Main News Source

In 2010, for the first time, the Internet has surpassed television as the main source of national and international news for people younger than 30. And it’s making smaller inroads among other age groups.