Research Reports

Research Reports and Industry Research

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The Pew Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism: The State of the News Media, an Annual Report on American Journalism

For 11 years the Pew Research Center has been tracking the dramatically changing media habits of American consumers, as well as the staffing of our newsrooms. Newspaper executives who compare the Pew results with trends unearthed in their own propriety research of readers and advertisers gain valuable insights into navigating uncertain times and choosing a strategy that best fits their own market.

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The Information Needs of Communities: The Changing Media Landscape in the Broadband Age.

An exhaustive study by the Federal Communications Commission that explores how the Internet has affected the flow of information and the economics of news organizations – ranging from newspapers to nonprofit startups. Lots of data on various media industries, and a great companion piece to Pew’s annual State of the News Media report.

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Informing Communities: Sustaining Democracy in the Digital Age: The Report of the Knight Commission on the Information Needs of Communities in the Digital Age.

Examines the information needs of the 21st-century American citizen and proposes 15 public policy recommendations for sustaining democracy in the Digital Age. The download is free.