State of the News Media 2004: Magazines
Magazines often are harbingers of change. When large social, economic or technological shifts begin to reshape the culture, magazines frequently are the first media to move, and the structure of the industry is one reason. Unlike newspapers, most magazines are not so tied to a specific geographic area, but are instead centered on interests or niches. Writers are looking for trends. Publishers can more quickly than in other media add and subtract titles aimed at specific audience segments or interests. Advertisers, in turn, can take their dollars to hot titles of the moment aimed at particular demographics.
State of the News Media 2004: Radio
Radio might be called journalism’s forgotten but stable middle child.
State of the News Media 2004: Ethnic/Alternative Media
Of all the sectors of the news media, the Ethnic and Alternative media in America are still in many ways the most fluid.
State of the News Media 2004: Journalist Survey
Beyond all the facts and figures concerning the American news media, there are the attitudes and opinions journalists themselves have about their industry and profession. This section of the State of the News Media 2004 report details the results of a survey of more than 500 national and local reporters, editors and executives.
Local TV Public Attitudes
The public is much more skeptical of the motives inside local TV news than the news professionals who work in the industry.
Breaking News Viewership, First Night of Iraq War
The broadcast networks such as NBC and CBS remained the breaking news source of choice on television at the onset of the Iraq war in 2003.
This section of the State of the News Media 2004 report details the results of a survey of more than 500 national and local reporters, editors and executives. The survey was conducted by the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press in collaboration with the Project for Excellence in Journalism and the Committee of Concerned Journalists.
Original Reporting on Election Front Pages
Overall, six in ten of the election stories on news websites studied during the presidential primary season in 2004 were original reporting.
Topics of Lead Election Stories
A variety of topics dominated the lead stories of election news websites in 2004, but candidate performance on the stump and the battle ahead stood apart.
Frame of Lead Election Stories
A straight news account of the day’s events was the dominant frame of lead stories on news websites during the primary season in 2004 but what the candidates thought about policy and issues was negligible as a focus.