"In 2009, Fox surpassed CNN as the cable news outlet that spends the most money each year. In 2012, the channel was estimated by SNL Kagan to spend $820 million—on everything from salaries for on-air talent to maintaining bureaus and keeping the lights on. That spending was up 11% from 2011 levels, according to Kagan data. CNN was estimated to spend $682 million on news gathering in 2012, and MSNBC, which draws partially upon the resources of parent NBC News, $240 million."

5 Facts about Fox News

"60% of Fox News viewers describe themselves as conservative, compared with 23% who say they are moderate and 10% who are liberal. By contrast, the ideological makeup of CNN viewers (32% conservative, 30% moderate, 30% liberal) and MSNBC viewers (32% conservative, 23% moderate, 36% liberal) is far more mixed."

5 Facts About Fox News

New: Nearly one-in-ten U.S. adults (8%) get news through Twitter. 
New report: How Americans Get TV News at Home
In print, newspapers cut opinion:

“The trend over the last dozen years or so is that editorial departments have lost space and personnel,” said Bob Davis, associate publisher/editor of The Anniston (Ala.) Star, which has cut one opinion page per week. “People are looking at themselves less as being an editorial voice and more as being a stimulator of conversation.”

In print, newspapers cut opinion:

“The trend over the last dozen years or so is that editorial departments have lost space and personnel,” said Bob Davis, associate publisher/editor of The Anniston (Ala.) Star, which has cut one opinion page per week. “People are looking at themselves less as being an editorial voice and more as being a stimulator of conversation.”

Brian Wheeler of Charlottesville Tomorrow was one of the participants in a roundtable discussion on the future of nonprofit news, hosted by the Knight Foundation and the Pew Research Center. Read four takeaways from the session on the challenges and opportunities for nonprofit news outlets. 

Despite the economic turmoil in much of the news industry, the job prospects for undergraduate journalism majors aren’t all bad: In 2012, two-thirds of journalism & mass communication graduates found work within 6-8 months, an 18% jump from 2009. Read our analysis of the University of Georgia study here.

Despite the economic turmoil in much of the news industry, the job prospects for undergraduate journalism majors aren’t all bad: In 2012, two-thirds of journalism & mass communication graduates found work within 6-8 months, an 18% jump from 2009. Read our analysis of the University of Georgia study here.

These five companies continue to dominate digital advertising, according to our State of the News Media report.

These five companies continue to dominate digital advertising, according to our State of the News Media report.

In the last presidential campaign, journalists were responsible for only 27% of the information that voters heard about the candidates — while nearly 50% came from the politicians themselves.

Who runs the news cycle? Who controls the flow of information? Watch this video for a 5-minut explanation of how the role of the press has changed. 

In 2012 LA Weekly surpassed the Village Voice to become the largest circulating alt-weekly in the U.S. Our State of the News Media website has more just-released numbers on circulation for newspapers and magazines here.

In 2012 LA Weekly surpassed the Village Voice to become the largest circulating alt-weekly in the U.S. Our State of the News Media website has more just-released numbers on circulation for newspapers and magazines here.

Reporting Power Diminishes in Tough Economy

See this and other findings in our State of the News Media 2013 infographic.

Have you heard about the news industry’s financial struggles?

If not, you’re in good company.