Analysis: Our Studies, Commentaries and Backgrounders
This section, Analysis, is the complete archive of all the research studies, commentaries, background reports, articles, or speeches PEJ has published. They are listed below in chronological order, but our archive is also searchable. Use the menus on the left to filter the contents and find exactly what you want.
|September 26, 2012|
|Depending on the local news topic, urban residents are more likely to use mobile and online sources, while suburbanites are most heavily into social media and rural residents are more inclined to word of mouth sources. A joint PEJ-Pew Internet report offers more about how people get local news in specific communities.|
|August 23, 2012|
|On the eve of the conventions, the portrayal in the news media of the character and records of the two presidential contenders in 2012 has been as negative as any campaign in recent times, and neither candidate has enjoyed any advantage over the other. |
|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.|
|August 9, 2012|
|What’s the job market like for 2011 mass communication and journalism graduates? According to a new survey from the University of Georgia, there was an uptick in the percentage of bachelor degree recipients who found jobs and, for the first time in years, a small increase in their salaries. But the overall picture is far from rosy.
|July 25, 2012|
|The conversation on Twitter about the Penn State scandal has shifted focus over the last month from the man convicted of sexual abuse to the school and then to the NCAA. But one constant in the conversation has not budged—views of Joe Paterno.
|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.|
|June 29, 2012|
Users of Twitter, Facebook and blogs weighed in heavily on
the Supreme Court Health Care ruling last week. PEJ examines the sentiment on
each of the three social media platforms, how that sentiment shifted in the
days that followed the ruling and the degree to which users delved into
implications for the presidential contenders.
|June 26, 2012|
|Reports that News Corp is spinning off the publishing division cap a year of major changes in news industry ownership. It was the busiest time for newspaper sales since 2007 and witnessed the single largest local TV acquisition in four years. Visit PEJ’s interactive database, to explore financial statistics on more than 4,000 radio and TV stations, newspapers and news websites.|
|June 19, 2012|
|PEJ examines how the health care debate was presented in the press, which party won the messaging war and how the bill has largely disappeared from view.
|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.