Nonprofit Journalism: A Growing but Fragile Part of the U.S. News System
As the economics of commercial journalism have been upended and newsrooms have shrunk, a variety of funders have sponsored nonprofit news operations to fill perceived information gaps. A report finds that while they voice optimism about the future, many organizations worry that they don’t have sufficient business-side resources.
Cable: A Growing Medium Reaching its Ceiling
Cable news continues to operate with more stability than most other news sectors today. But financial growth tapered off in 2012, and audience figures started to show signs of languishing—at least raising the question of whether there is a ceiling for this niche news genre.
Cable: CNN Ends Its Ratings Slide, Fox Falls Again
After a year of declining revenues in 2009, followed by a year of declining ratings in 2010, cable outlets found some relief in the extraordinary news year of 2011. It was a relief, however, that could not answer the looming long-range audience challenges.
Blogs and Twitter Make the Grammys—and Chris Brown—the No. 1 Topic
One particular performer at the February 12 Grammy ceremonies triggered a torrent of conversation in the social media last week. And much of that discussion included anger directed the awards, the singer and even some of his fans.
Religion in the News
The biggest religion stories during 2011 centered on tensions over Islam and the U.S. presidential campaign, with more than half of the politically-focused coverage involving Republican hopeful Mitt Romney and his Mormon faith, according to a new study.
Cable: Audience vs. Economics
Two paths diverging would be one way of putting it. A glance at the finances of cable news in 2010 would leave one feeling outright bullish. All three major news channels were projected to have increases in operating profits — Fox News by 27%, CNN (and HLN) by 7% and MSNBC by 8%, according to the market research firm SNL Kagan.1
How the Media Have Handled Palin’s Religious Faith
Since being named to the GOP ticket by John McCain, Sarah Palin has generated extensive coverage of many aspects of her background, her record in public office and her family life. But what are voters learning from the media about the Alaska Governor’s religious faith and beliefs?