PublicationsOctober 5, 2009

Covering the Great Recession

The economic downturn has made headlines for months. How has the press covered the gravest financial crisis since the Great Depression? What elements of the economic story make the most news? Who is driving the coverage? PEJ addresses these questions and more in a new report on press coverage of the economy.

PublicationsAugust 12, 2009

The Starting Line–Media Coverage of the Faith-Based Initiative in the First Six Months of 2001 and 2009

One common thread between the Obama and Bush administrations is their commitment to advancing the “faith-based” initiative. Yet a new study by PEJ and the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life finds that the media created two very different narratives in the early days of the two presidencies.

PublicationsJuly 29, 2009

Health News Coverage in the U.S. Media, Early 2009

Coverage of health news is on the rise according to an examination of media coverage from January to June 2009. Which health news topics generated the biggest headlines in 2009? What media sectors pay the most attention to health care? These questions and more are answered in a new study, produced by PEJ and the Kaiser Family Foundation.

PublicationsJuly 16, 2009

The New Washington Press Corps

In the past two decades, the makeup of the Washington D.C. press corps has been fundamentally transformed. While the old media have shrunk alarmingly, two new elements have risen up to virtually replace them in number. What are the implications for news consumers in the U.S. and abroad?

PublicationsApril 28, 2009

Obama’s First 100 Days

How have the news media covered the early days of the Obama presidency? How does that coverage stack up against that of his predecessors? A new study examines the tone and focus of Obama’s media narrative and how compares it to Bill Clinton’s and George Bush’s.

PublicationsApril 27, 2009

Pros and Cons of Measuring Web Traffic–A PEJ Discussion Point

News web sites can instantly measure which stories and features are popular and which are bombing at the online box office. How are journalists using this instantaneous data, and is the net effect positive or not?

PublicationsMarch 26, 2009

Local TV News Reports a Drop in Revenue, Ratings

How popular was local television as a source for news in 2008? How did ratings for morning, evening and late night newscasts fare? These questions and more are answered in the Local TV chapter of the State of the News Media 2009 report.

PublicationsMarch 25, 2009

Radio Is Well Suited For Digital Transition

In an industry that is constantly changing, how is radio faring? In what ways has technology affected how people get their news on the radio? Read the Audio Chapter of the State of the News Media 2009 for answers.

PublicationsMarch 22, 2009

Who Fared Best (and Worst) in 2008?

In 2008, new media consumption patterns and a worsening economy battered an already flailing news industry. How are different media coping with declines in ad spending? This question and more are answered in PEJ’s new State of the News Media 2009 report.

PublicationsMarch 19, 2009

The State of the News Media 2009: An Annual Report on American Journalism

Even before the recession, the fundamental question facing journalism was whether the news industry could win a race against the clock for survival: could it find new ways to underwrite the gathering of news online, while using the declining revenue of the old platforms to finance the transition?