#13: Updates

The Pew Research Center came out with its most recent annual report about the state of the news media in 2016. In this report it analysis ever evolving way that consumers prefer to obtain their news.

“Eight years after the Great Recession sent the U.S. newspaper industry into a tailspin, the pressures facing America’s newsrooms have intensified to nothing less than a reorganization of the industry itself, one that impacts the experiences of even those news consumers unaware of the tectonic shifts taking place.”

While newspaper still has a loyal subscribing audience, TV has found itself in an interesting situation with more and more people leaving cable and satellite behind them.

Digital news consumption has been taking over the market, and news stations know this and are working to make sure their apps are the best and present the most information in the clearest way possible. I myself typical choose to look at CNN and a local news station’s app as opposed to actually watching the news.

“With audience challenges already in view and few immediate financial incentives to innovate, the dilemma facing the TV news business bears an eerie resemblance to the one faced by the newspaper industry a decade ago, except for the fact that the digital realm is much more developed and defined today.”

Now transitioning to another report that the Pew put out, this time about the rise in NPR’s listenership. The average number of unique weekly NPR listeners increased from 2.0 million to 2.5 million.

NPR also launched three new podcasts in 2015, Invisibilia, which focuses on human behavior launched in January. In September the program Hidden Brain increased to a weekly podcast, and in November NPR released the podcast NPR Politics Podcast, which increased its daily news coverage.

This last bit of information was important to note:

“Public media in the U.S. is chiefly represented by two networks. On the audio side, NPR and its large family of member stations deliver news and other content to local communities over the airwaves and through smartphones and computers. On the television side, PBS and its network of local stations broadcast educational, cultural and news content – including through its flagship national newscast, PBS NewsHour.”

I felt as though this article did a good job at presenting information from both a digital and television perspective.



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