Analysis: Our studies
This section, Studies, contains PEJ's major empirical research studies, including our annual reports on the state of journalism divided into searchable subchapters. 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.
|August 15, 2012|
|On the eve of the conventions, Barack Obama holds a distinct advantage over Mitt Romney in the way his campaign is using digital technology to communicate directly with voters. The Obama campaign is posting almost four times as much content and is active on nearly twice as many platforms, according to a new study analyzing the content and volume of candidate communications on their websites and social media channels.|
|July 16, 2012|
|News is becoming a major part of what Americans watch on YouTube. In the last 15 months, a third of the most searched terms on the video sharing site were news related. A new study by the Project for Excellence in Journalism explores the character of news on YouTube.|
|May 21, 2012|
|The Facebook IPO was a hot topic
on blogs, Twitter and Facebook last week with doubts about the stock’s value
exceeding bullishness on the investment. And the topics of
conversation—which ranged from Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s wedding to
co-founder Eduardo Saverin’s citizenship—varied by social media platform.
|May 7, 2012|
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
|April 23, 2012|
|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.
|March 30, 2012|
|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.|
|March 5, 2012|
|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.
|February 23, 2012|
|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.|
|February 13, 2012|
|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.|
|December 21, 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.|