Gingrich Bows Out as the General Election Battle Takes Shape
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich ended his presidential campaign with a final week of unflattering and relatively sparse coverage and Mitt Romney’s campaign narrative appeared to benefit from some high profile endorsements.
How the Media Covered the 2012 Primary Campaign
As the 2012 presidential race shifts from the GOP primary battle to the general election matchup between Mitt Romney and Barack Obama, a new PEJ study reveals what the public has been told about the two candidates by the media. It also finds that Mitt Romney emerged as the winner of the media primary weeks before Rick Santorum dropped out.
72% of Americans Follow Local News Closely
Local news enthusiasts follow a diverse set of topics, but rely heavily on local newspapers to keep them informed, according to a survey by the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism and Internet & American Life Project that examined the ways people get news and information about 16 different topics, ranging from breaking news to weather.
How Blogs, Twitter and Mainstream Media Have Handled the Trayvon Martin Case
It took several weeks after the killing of teenager Trayvon Martin before the story exploded in the media. A new PEJ report reveals how social and mainstream media platforms focused on different elements of the controversy and how ideology influenced coverage on the cable and radio talk shows.
The Search for a New Business Model
How close are America’s beleaguered newspapers to solving their revenue problems? A new report from PEJ that includes detailed case studies of dozens of daily papers and interviews with newspaper company executives finds an industry struggling to reinvent itself, but also some hopeful success stories.
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.
Digital Advertising and News
With digital ad revenue projected to overtake all other platforms by 2016, it is the key to the financial future of news. Are news organizations transitioning their legacy advertisers to online platforms? A PEJ report analyzing more than 5,000 ads from 22 news outlets offers answers.
On Twitter, Still Tough Going for Komen
After the furor over its decision to defund Planned Parenthood, the Susan G. Komen foundation reversed course and a key official resigned.
The Year in News 2011
What stories and which people generated the most news coverage in 2011? PEJ’s annual Year in the News report offers answers. The Year in News 2011 Interactive allows users to explore the data for themselves.
Where People Get Information about Restaurants and Local Businesses
The internet is the source that people most rely on for material about the local business scene and search engines are particularly valued.