The annual Newsroom Employment Diversity Survey from the American Society of News Editors (ASNE) surveyed 661 newsrooms in the U.S. and found that minority journalists make up 16.6 percent of staff. Over a quarter of news organizations reported having at least one minority editor among their top three editors, and nearly three quarters report having at least one female editor among their top three. See a visualization of this year’s survey results as well as historical trends on an interactive website created in partnership with Google News Lab.
Report: Comparing models of collaborative journalism
September 20 2017
Many news outlets are finding they can increase their impact through collaborative journalism efforts. This study from the Center for Cooperative Media takes a close look at the different models for such collaborations, including “temporary and separate,” “temporary and co-creating,” “temporary and integrated,” “ongoing and separate,” “ongoing and co-creating,” and “ongoing and integrated.”
Research shows that women are less represented than men in media, both in media portrayals and behind the scenes in media production. Radio program “This American Life” is an exception, as it employs a majority of women. But this deep dive into the show’s transcripts reveals that men’s voices are still more prominent on the program.
This report from Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors (RPA) and commissioned by the Skoll Foundation engaged a group of funders from the Porticus, Ford, and Draper Richards Kaplan foundations to examine how specific organizations and approaches have been able to produce changes at the systems level. The report urges funders to “hold ourselves accountable to shifting systems as much as we hold grantees accountable for it.”
While people are willing to pay for digital entertainment streaming services such as Netflix and Spotify, they are less willing to pay for news, according to research from Kantar Media on behalf of the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism. Among other findings, this research suggests that “consumers may be more interested in paying for experiences that aggregate multiple news brands and perspectives than for any single brand.”
The Pew Research Center took a deep dive into how Americans engage with news and information, including their trust in news sources and their appetite for learning. Using this information, they created an “information-engagement typology” demonstrating these various approaches ranging from “the eager and willing” to “the wary.”
A stunning new study shows that Fox News is more powerful than we ever imagined
September 8 2017
A study published in American Economic Review found that Fox News has a powerful influence on the American political sphere. Researchers found that watching Fox News “directly causes a substantial rightward shift in viewers’ attitudes, which translates into a significantly greater willingness to vote for Republican candidates.” They estimate that without the channel’s influence, the Republican presidential candidate’s percentage of the vote would have been significantly lower in previous elections, changing the results.
Americans’ online news use is closing in on TV news use
September 7 2017
The Pew Research Center reveals that Americans are watching less TV news as they increase online news consumption, with 43 percent reporting getting news online “often,” compared with 50 percent who often get their news from TV. Last year, the difference between these two platforms was much greater at 38 percent and 57 percent, respectively.
The relationship between website redesign and impact
August 18 2017
How does website design contribute to user engagement and impact? Research from the Engaging News Project at the University of Texas at Austin shows thatwebsite design can “elicit different user experiences and influence what people recall.” The articles that are better recalled tend to contain images, are placed in the left column, and do not require extensive scrolling.
Partisanship, propaganda and disinformation: Online media and the 2016 U.S. presidential election
August 16 2017
Harvard researchers examined mainstream and social media coverage of the 2016 U.S. presidential election and found an asymmetric media landscape that allowed Trump to shape the overall narrative. Key findings include: “The center-left and the far right are the principal poles of the media landscape”; “Disinformation and propaganda are rooted in partisanship and are more prevalent on social media”; and “The right and left were subject to media manipulation in different ways.”
Improving accountability reporting: How to make the best of journalism better for audiences
August 8 2017
This strategy study from the American Press Institute explores a new approach to accountability journalism to make complex information more accessible by “emphasizing the non-narrative, data or visual elements made possible by digital news.” It includes a portfolio of successful examples of journalism projects that effectively convey complex topics in digestible formats.
Out of struggle: Strengthening and expanding movement journalism in the US
August 1 2017
This report from the nonprofit Project South Movement Communications Fellowship maps the independent media landscape in the 13 states that comprise the American South, with a focus on community and minority-owned media. The report is the first phase of developing and launching a “movement-driven” media organization in the service of “social, political, and economic transformation.”