Analysis: Our Commentaries and Backgrounders
This section, Commentaries and Backgrounders, contains our more concise research analyses, such as op eds, articles, speeches, and quick reports. These are distinguished from our more detailed empirical research studies. They are listed below in chronological order. Or you can use the menus on the left to filter our entire archive and find exactly what you want.
|May 5, 2011|
|Contrary to what happens with most major national news events, the discussion of the death of Osama bin Laden in the mainstream and new media has not shifted quickly to political winners and losers. An analysis of hundreds of thousands of stories and millions of social media postings finds the discussion has remained focused on the facts of what happened. A new PEJ study has the details. |
|September 12, 2010|
|The latest biennial survey on news consumption from the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press reveals signs of a new era in the acquisition and consumption of news—and there is reason to expect the shift will accelerate. What is the nature of this new era, and why is it happening? A commentary on the findings by PEJ Director Tom Rosenstiel.
|August 4, 2010|
|The University of Georgia’s yearly survey of journalism and
communication graduates is out and the news isn’t good. The job market
has tightened, salaries are stagnant and benefits are being cut. On the
brighter side, more of the 2009 grads with jobs are doing web-related
work and by and large, the students remain satisfied with their career
|July 26, 2010|
The Shirley Sherrod saga started with a video posted online and ended with a flurry of finger pointing. In a special report, PEJ reconstructs a chronology of how the story reverberated around the media echo chamber before dramatically changing course. And this week’s News Coverage Index finds that the tale of the USDA employee prematurely forced out of her job was the No. 2 story in the news agenda.
|March 12, 2010|
|Videos of the deadly tornado that ripped through Moore Oklahoma went viral in the aftermath of the May 20 disaster. A Pew Research report finds that citizen bystanders shot some of the most viewed video of the violent storm and discusses how natural disasters are big news on YouTube. |
|August 5, 2009|
|The 2008 class of journalism and communications graduates is suffering the worst job prospects on record, according to a new report from the University of Georgia. And as those numbers seem to be reflected in growing pessimism about the news industry among degree recipients, it’s forcing many of them to be more flexible about career aspirations.|
|July 29, 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.
|April 27, 2009|
|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?
|March 30, 2009|
|Online news is a rapidly changing media platform. Are Web journalists optimistic about the future? Is the Internet altering the fundamental values of journalism? These questions and more are answered in a survey of online journalists.
|March 26, 2009|
|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.|