Parsing Election Day Media – How the Midterms Message Varied by Platform
In today’s news landscape, both mainstream and new media sources shape the narrative. A new PEJ study finds that no single unified message reverberated throughout the media universe in the wake of the November 2 voting and what one learned depended largely on where one got the news. How did the post election-day narrative differ from the front pages to the television studies and from bloggers to Twitterers?
When Technology Makes Headlines
The mainstream media offer the American public a divided view of how information technology influences society, according to a new PEJ study. Messages such as technology making life easier often vie with concerns about privacy and safety. How do the media portray technology? Which companies get the most coverage? Do social media and blogs treat the subject differently than traditional media? A year-long study of technology coverage answers these and other questions.
100 Days of Gushing Oil – Media Analysis and Quiz
The BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico proved to be a complex, technical and long-running saga that taxed the media’s resources and attention span. A new PEJ study highlights eight key points in the oil spill coverage. And a new quiz tests how much you know about media coverage of the disaster.
Media Coverage of City Governments
As the media landscape shifts, where can people turn for coverage of local news subjects, particularly government and public affairs? A new study conducted by a team of Michigan State University researchers, examines 175 communities and finds the majority of news about local government still comes from newspapers. But in many cases it is weeklies not dailies providing the most coverage. PEJ offers a summary of their findings.
Six Things to Know About Health Care Coverage
The drive for health care reform legislation proved to be the most passionate and polarizing policy fight of Barack Obama’s first year in office, with the public and Congress deeply divided over the initiative. And much of that battle played out through a changing media universe. A new PEJ study, examining 10 months of health care stories, identifies some of the key elements of that coverage.
The Pope Meets the Press
The Catholic clergy sexual abuse scandal is making headlines again at a level not seen since 2002, according to a new study by the Project for Excellence in Journalism and the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life. Find out more about the scandal’s resurgence in Europe, coverage in the U.S. media and intense media scrutiny on the pope himself.
New Media, Old Media
The stories and issues that gain traction in social media differ substantially from those that lead in the mainstream press. But they also differ greatly from each other. Across a year-long study of blogs, Twitter and YouTube, the three platforms shared the same top story just once. What are the stories and issues that dominate in theses platforms? And what media outlets tend to provide those stories? A new year-long study by report offers answers.
Hiding in Plain Sight, From Kennedy to Brown
The race for Ted Kennedy’s Massachusetts Senate seat began largely drama-free and little-covered and ended as the most surprising and intensely-covered political story in the country. Which candidate got the most favorable attention? How did coverage change over time? How did the local Boston papers differ in their reporting? A new study examines newspaper coverage of the race.
News Leaders and the Future
What do today’s newspaper and broadcast news executives think about the economics of their industry? Are they optimistic for the future? A new survey by the Project for Excellence in Journalism in association with the American Society of News Editors and the Radio Television Digital News Association offers answers.
The State of the News Media 2010: An Annual Report on American Journalism
Inside news companies, the most immediate concern is how much revenue lost in recession the industry will regain as the economy improves. Whatever the answers, the future of news ultimately rests on more long-term concerns: What are the prospects for alternative journalism organizations that are forming around the country? Will traditional media adapt and innovate amid continuing pressures to thin their ranks?