This is healthy for democracy but is an earthquake for the business of journalism. Newspaper circulation is dropping, newsroom staffs are shrinking, and ad revenue is declining. Pew tracks these changes through its annual state of the news media reports, providing fact-based analysis of the growth of digital news sites, the purchase of major journalism institutions by entrepreneurs, the use of mobile devices to access news, the mixing of news and marketing through sponsor-generated content, and other trends in journalism.
Nearly three out of four U.S. adults say that, in general, it’s important for journalists to function as watchdogs over elected officials.
Concern is highest among people who follow political news most closely, older adults and those who display more knowledge about politics in general.
Americans who closely follow political news are more likely to have confidence that the public will accept election results. And that's true across party boundaries.
Democrats are more likely than Republicans to have stopped discussing political and election news with someone: 50% vs. 41%, respectively.
Both Democrats and Republicans express far more distrust than trust of social media sites as sources for political and election news.
The Election News Pathways project was made possible by The Pew Charitable Trusts. Pew Research Center is a subsidiary of The Pew Charitable Trusts, its primary funder. This initiative is a collaborative effort based on the input and analysis of the following individuals.
American Trends Panel survey methodology The American Trends Panel (ATP), created by Pew Research Center, is a nationally representative panel of randomly selected U.S. adults. Panelists participate via self-administered web surveys. Panelists who do not have internet access at home are provided a tablet and wireless internet connection. The panel is being managed by Ipsos. […]
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