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How States Are Expanding Broadband Access

February 1, 2020

This report from the Pew Charitable Trusts highlights practices for state programs aimed at expanding broadband access to un- and underserved areas.Based on interviews with more than three hundred representatives of state broadband programs, Internet service providers, local governments, and broadband coalitions, the report identified five promising and mutually reinforcing practices: stakeholder outreach and engagement at both the state and local levels; a policy framework with well-defined goals that connects broadband to other policy priorities; planning and capacity building in support of broadband infrastructure projects; funding and operations through grant programs, with an emphasis on accountability and data collection; and program evaluation and evolution to ensure that lessons learned inform the next iteration of goals and activities. The study explores how nine states — California, Colorado, Maine, Minnesota, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wisconsin — have adapted and implemented different combinations of those practices to close gaps in broadband access.

Distinguishing Between Factual and Opinion Statements in the News

June 18, 2018

In today's fast-paced and complex information environment, news consumers must make rapid-fire judgments about how to internalize news-related statements – statements that often come in snippets and through pathways that provide little context. A new Pew Research Center survey of 5,035 U.S. adults examines a basic step in that process: whether members of the public can recognize news as factual – something that's capable of being proved or disproved by objective evidence – or as an opinion that reflects the beliefs and values of whoever expressed it.

Most Say Tensions Between Trump Administration and News Media Hinder Access to Political News

April 4, 2017

According to a new Pew Research Center survey, 94% of Americans say they have heard about the current state of the relationship between the Trump administration and the news media. And what they've seen does not reassure them: Large majorities feel the relationship is unhealthy and that the ongoing tensions are impeding Americans' access to important political news. Moreover, both of these concerns are widely shared across nearly all demographic groups, including large majorities of both Democrats and Republicans.

Today's Washington Press Corps More Digital, Specialized

December 3, 2015

The findings of this content analysis reveal that coverage by D.C.-based reporters stays more closely tethered to the institution and work of Congress than other reporting in the papers studied, usually with direct quotes from members of Congress. But there are also signs that these reporters are often Beltway-focused, with a tendency to keep the emphasis of the stories aimed at the government and in a way that does not tie the significance of the news back to the local community. But perhaps of more importance to the reader overall is that of all the coverage about federal government appearing in these papers, the portion that comes from D.C. based-reporters accounts for less than 10%. Instead, the greatest portion of federal government coverage by far comes from wire service stories.

The State of Online Video

June 3, 2010

Presents survey findings on trends in viewing, downloading, or uploading videos on the Internet by age, gender, education, income, broadband access, and other factors. Explores types of videos watched and experiences in sharing videos online.

News Leaders and the Future

April 8, 2010

Presents findings from a survey of newspaper and broadcast news executives' views about the direction of journalism, the impact of the Internet, failures of and risks to news operations, and revenue options. Quotes responses.

The State of the News Media 2009

March 15, 2010

Analyzes trends in all major media sectors, with a focus on new business models, social media, and political coverage. Includes special reports on citizen-based media, lessons from the election, and new ventures, as well as an online journalist survey.

The State of the News Media 2010

March 15, 2010

Analyzes trends in all major media sectors, such as unbundling, links between old and new media, and the role of technology. Includes an interactive "Year in the News" and special reports on economic attitudes, online news, and community journalism.

Understanding the Participatory News Consumer

March 1, 2010

Analyzes survey findings on the impact of social media and mobile connectivity on news consumption behavior by demographics and political affiliation. Examines sources; topics; participation by sharing, commenting on, or creating news; and views on media.

Covering the Great Recession: Story Lines: Banks, Stimulus and Detroit Dominate the Narrative

October 5, 2009

Presents findings from a content analysis of media coverage of the economy during the first half of 2009, including amount of coverage, dominant perspectives, sourcing, story lines, geographic focus, popular phrases and ideas, and variations by media sect

Public Evaluations of the News Media: 1985-2009

September 12, 2009

Presents survey findings on the public's view of the accuracy of news stories, media bias and independence, portrayal of the United States, the watchdog role of the press, and other issues. Analyzes responses by political affiliation and news outlet.

Buying Broadband a Boost: The Information Super Buy-Way?

March 30, 2009

The federal government and many state governments are making efforts to increase or improve access to broadband internet services. With this attention in the states, communication companies are spending millions of dollars on state campaigns and hiring thousands of state-level lobbyists.Fast FactsThe five communications companies in the report hired 2,609 lobbyists around the country. Again, AT&T and Verizon led the pack, with 1,373 and 868, respectively.The five communications companies this report gave almost evenly to Republican and Democratic candidates across the country. Republicans received $7.6 million and Democrats received $6.8 million. However, the companies gave $6 million to Republican party committees, almost twice the $3.5 million given to Democratic party committees.California received the most contributions from the five communications companies in the report, by far. Recipients in California got $8.2 million. Florida was second with $2.8 million.Of the five communications companies studied, AT&T and Verizon dominated the contributing, giving $14.9 million and $10.8 million respectively. Qwest, Embarq, and U.S. Cellular combined for an additional $2.4 million.

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