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.

PublicationsNovember 1, 2002

Local TV News Project

The chart shows the percentage of stations in each quality grade improving in "key" demographics.

PublicationsOctober 22, 2002

Why Has TV Stopped Covering Politics?

Typical questions used by TV consultants are poorly designed. Asking questions differently reveals an overwhelming interest in learning about politics.

PublicationsMay 23, 2002

The War on Terrorism

The news Americans see on network television has softened considerably since 2001l, to the point that it looks more like it did before the terrorist attacks than immediately after.

PublicationsMay 23, 2002

The Not-So-New Television News Landscape

In the first four months of 2002, the shock of the terror attacks of September 11th began to taper off, and network evening news returned to a news diet similar to that before the crisis.

PublicationsApril 16, 2002

How Story Length Changes During Newscasts

Based on PEJ Local TV Project research. This chart shows the average story length, in seconds, of each story in a newscast depending on its placement in the program (e.g., as the first story, second story, etc.).

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" …

PublicationsJanuary 29, 2002

In Wartime, the People Want the Facts

Four months into the war, a review of news coverage reveals that over time Americans are getting fewer facts and more opinion — a narrow range of opinion, at that — from newspapers, magazines and television. At the same time, polls show the press losing a measure of the respect it had gained in …

PublicationsJanuary 28, 2002

Return to Normalcy?

Television news became less factual and more speculative in covering the war on terror in November 2001, but pulled back again some in December.