PublicationsMay 23, 2004

Bottom-Line Pressures Now Hurting Coverage, Say Journalists

Journalists are unhappy with the way things are going in their profession these days. This report is part of Pew Research Center’s 2004 State of the News Media publication.

PublicationsApril 29, 2003

Does Ownership Matter in Local Television News?

The study examines the tendencies of different local television news ownership structures.

PublicationsApril 9, 2003

Quality and the Bottom Line

Initial PEJ research into the relationship between quality and profits indicates that good journalism is good business.

PublicationsNovember 1, 2002

Local TV News Project 2002

In a year when the nation was changed by the war on terrorism, a recession and financial scandals, the Project for Excellence in Journalism's fifth annual study found that local television news remained largely unchanged. The study was published in the November/December 2002 issue of the Columbia Journalism Review.

PublicationsMarch 18, 2002

The Letterman Fiasco Holds a Lesson for Disney

For the sake of argument, put the public interest aside. Forget that broadcast airwaves are public property. Strictly in economic terms, the Walt Disney Co. got lucky when it failed to woo David Letterman to join ABC. The public nature of the Letterman embarrassment has granted Disney something rare …

PublicationsMarch 6, 2002

Why We Need ‘Nightline’

What's left of broadcast television journalism is at stake now, many in the business believe, in the war within the Disney Co. over whether to replace "Nightline" with the late-night comedy of David Letterman. The people who run Disney seem intent on displacing "Nightline" …

PublicationsNovember 1, 2001

Local TV News Project 2001

Local newsrooms beset by sponsor interference, budget cuts, layoffs, and added programming.

PublicationsOctober 1, 2000

Local TV News Project 2000

Quality sells, but commitment — and viewership — continue to erode.

PublicationsMarch 1, 2000

Local TV News Project 1999

For all the "I-Team" graphics and driving music, enterprise reporting — the serious, proactive journalism that local TV so heavily promotes — is dropping precipitously.