How the news media activate public expression and influence national agendas
November 10 2017
This multi-year study published in Science, in which 48 small media outlets were recruited to write articles on specific subjects on randomly assigned dates, finds that “exposure to the news media causes Americans to take public stands on specific issues, join national policy conversations, and express themselves publicly—all key components of democratic politics—more often than they would otherwise.”
A matter of space: Designing newsrooms for new digital practice
October 18 2017
This report from API examines how redesigning physical newsroom spaces can “better support the behaviors, workflows and attitudes required in an adaptive, modern media company,” which can lead to an increase in collaboration and innovation. Some are also incorporating impact metrics into physical design by displaying analytics on the walls.
Data-driven reporting: An on-going (r)evolution? An analysis of projects nominated for the Data Journalism Awards 2013–2016
October 17 2017
New research published in Journalism, an academic research journal, examines hundreds of award-nominated international data journalism projects and finds that the field has not advanced much over the past four years: Data journalism remains labor intensive, mostly conducted by newspapers using “pre-processed public data” and largely focused on politics.
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.
Research from the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ), conducted with researchers from Georgetown University, reveals—among other findings—that analytics are not a high priority for a significant number of news organizations. For example, 19 percent of those surveyed “rarely or never” access analytics data, and of the 21 analytics metrics presented in the survey, “only five are used regularly by the majority of newsrooms.”
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.