PublicationsOctober 11, 2013

How Americans Get TV News at Home

Even at a time of fragmenting media use, television remains the dominant way that Americans get news at home, according to a new Pew Research Center analysis of Nielsen data. And while the largest audiences tune into local and network broadcast news, it is national cable news that commands the most attention from its viewers.

PublicationsSeptember 16, 2013

How Al Jazeera Tackled the Crisis Over Syria

The crisis in Syria is the first mega-story to break since Al Jazeera America debuted on August 20. A new report on coverage of the evolving Syria story examines how the newest cable channel stacked up with such competitors as CNN, MSNBC, Fox News and BBC America.

PublicationsAugust 5, 2013

Despite Some Warning Signs, Local TV Stations Are Hot Commodities

While the economics of local television are stronger than those of the newspaper industry, a new Pew Research Center report analyzes why some trends in local television news may be worrisome.

PublicationsMarch 19, 2013

The State of the News Media 2013: Annual Report on American Journalism

In 2012, a continued erosion of news reporting resources converged with growing opportunities for those in politics, government agencies, companies and others to take their messages directly to the public.

PublicationsMarch 19, 2013

Network News: A Year of Change and Challenge at NBC

After an unusual uptick in the overall audience for evening news in 2011, the trend line returned to its normal in 2012. The combined viewership for the ABC, CBS and NBC evening newscasts dropped 2%, to 22.1 million, resuming the downward trajectory of nearly three decades. It now appears that 2011 may have been an outlier, with the bigger audience attributable to an unusual number of major news events that year, including the Arab Spring, the Japanese earthquake and the killing of Osama bin Laden. Even a presidential election couldn’t keep some viewers from deserting network news in 2012.

PublicationsMarch 19, 2013

Cable: A Growing Medium Reaching its Ceiling

Cable news continues to operate with more stability than most other news sectors today. But financial growth tapered off in 2012, and audience figures started to show signs of languishing—at least raising the question of whether there is a ceiling for this niche news genre.

PublicationsMarch 19, 2013

Local TV: Audience Declines as Revenue Bounces Back

The long slow decline in viewership of local television news resumed in 2012 after a brief respite the previous year. While stations devoted more of their available air time to local news, that wasn’t sufficient to halt the decline in viewership. Early-morning newscasts continued to gain viewers, but that increase was more than offset by losses in most other time slots.

PublicationsMarch 19, 2013

Audio: Digital Drives Listener Experience

As far back as 2004, Pew Research Center wrote that local news on the radio “appears to have seriously eroded in recent years” with a growing number of stations that “are not local at all.” Then in 2006 we wrote, “Technology is turning what we once thought of as radio into something broader – listening,” and raised the question of what that would mean for radio news. Now, heading into 2013, those two shifts have come together to create a very different audio landscape—one in which news is relegated to a smaller corner of the listening landscape.

PublicationsMarch 17, 2013

Americans Show Signs of Leaving a News Outlet, Citing Less Information

Faced with shrinking revenue and dwindling audiences, news organizations in recent years have slashed staffs and reduced coverage. Most news consumers are little aware of the financial struggles that led to these cuts, a new Pew Research Center survey finds. Nevertheless, a significant percentage of them not only have noticed a difference in the quantity or quality of news, but have stopped reading, watching or listening to a news source because of it.

PublicationsMarch 17, 2013

Friends and Family – Important Drivers of News

When they hear about news events from friends and family, the vast majority of people seek out full news stories to learn more, according to a new survey by the Pew Research Center.