State of the News Media Methodology
The State of the News Media fact sheets use a range of different methodologies to study the health of the U.S. news industry, including custom analysis of news audience behavior, secondary analysis of industry data and direct reporting to solicit information unavailable elsewhere.
Americans’ Attitudes About the News Media Deeply Divided Along Partisan Lines
Roughly nine-in-ten Democrats say news media criticism keeps leaders in line (sometimes called the news media’s “watchdog role”), while only about four-in-ten Republicans say the same.
This project – using the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, as a case study model – examines the question of how media coverage of a current issue in the news relates to public interest in the issue and its relevance to their own lives.
Most Say Tensions Between Trump Administration and News Media Hinder Access to Political News
Large majorities of both Democrats and Republicans say the relationship between the two is unhealthy.
How Americans Encounter, Recall and Act Upon Digital News
A unique study of Americans’ online news habits over the course of a week provides a detailed window into how Americans learn about current events in the digital age.
Trump, Clinton Voters Divided in Their Main Source for Election News
Trump voters named one source more than any other as their main source of election news, whereas Clinton voters were spread across an array of sources.
Many Americans Believe Fake News Is Sowing Confusion
About two-in-three U.S. adults say fake news stories cause a great deal of confusion about the basic facts of current issues. And nearly a quarter say they have ever shared completely made-up news.
Civic Engagement Strongly Tied to Local News Habits
Americans who are highly attached to their communities and who always vote in local elections stand out for displaying stronger local news habits than those less engaged.
Trump, Clinton Supporters Differ on How Media Should Cover Controversial Statements
As the news media cover the turbulent 2016 presidential election, there’s been considerable debate around how much emphasis they should put on inaccurate or potentially offensive statements made by candidates.
Election 2016: Campaigns as a Direct Source of News
Today’s presidential candidates are increasingly prioritizing social media outreach, while the role of campaign websites is shifting.