You might have heard: Donald Trump is elected 45th president of the United States (NPR), despite polls and predictive models that indicated a win for Clinton (Politico) But did you know: “To put it bluntly, the media missed the story,” Margaret Sullivan writes. “In the end, a huge number of American voters wanted something different. And although these […]
Understanding news audiences (Page 7)
We believe the future of journalism must involve news organizations better understanding the needs and behaviors of their audiences. To that end, we conduct innovative research into how Americans get news.
Below you will find other recent insights we have curated about how to reach and serve news audiences.
The New Yorker’s editor in chief on what it means to be a legacy publisher in 2016: Readers aren’t looking for a cheaper, dumber version
“We have longstanding values and that’s never going to change,” New Yorker editor in chief David Remnick tells Digiday about what it means to be a legacy publisher in 2016. “At the same time, I live in the contemporary world and am completely alive to the possibility and complications of change. … What’s changed is […]
Press conferences, interviews, telephone calls — these are the traditional ways in which journalists source their stories. Today, however, many more options are available. From Facebook to Twitter to Google, journalists have many new ways to track down information to inform their reporting. But what do audiences think about these techniques? Do readers think social […]
How the rise of mobile could create a ‘a second-class digital citizenship’ of less informed news consumers
According to a new report from Harvard’s Shorenstein Center, the rise of mobile has a dark side that could lead to the creation of a less engaged, “second-class digital citizenship” made up of less informed news consumers. Somewhat paradoxically, the report’s research Joanna Dunaway says that smartphones are an imperfect tool for consuming news, due […]
Indian news outlet The Quint is a digital-only outlet that provides news for younger generations in both English and Hindi. Before founding the Quint, co-founders Ritu Kapur and Raghav Bahl say they looked to other news organizations for clues on how to successfully reach younger audiences: “It was clear to us that it was about […]
Chicago’s The Daily Line, known until last week as Aldertrack, is a niche newsletter and website aimed at a small segment of the Chicago population: land developers, contractors, lobbyists, attorneys, and labor organization members invested in Chicago’s political system. That small segment is supporting The Daily Line’s mission, with $39/month or $395/year subscriptions. And to […]
In her first column as NYT public editor, Liz Spayd argues that in order for the Times to increase its revenue, it needs to learn more about its readers and listen to what they want. To achieve that, NYT is incorporating design thinking into its audience research, both inside and outside of the newsroom: Led […]
CNN’s incoming VP of digital programming Mitra Kalita has simple advice for how news organizations should think about distributed content: Find your readers where they are, because “if you’re not thinking about where people will read it, it’s not going to be that successful.” Kalita talks to Digiday’s Lucia Moses about how she’s implementing that […]
The BBC is planning to cut “soft” news from its website, including its recipe and food section. But after a source from the BBC told the Guardian that the recipes would “fall off the face of the internet” and will have no live links after the section is closed, more than 25,000 people have signed […]
Google is testing a feature that would let publishers, marketers and other organizations publish directly to search results
You might have heard: HBO show “Silicon Valley” published fake news articles related to the show’s fictitious characters to Google this week to promote its season premiere (Silicon Valley Business Journal) But did you know: Google is experimenting with a new feature that would allow marketers, publishers, politicians and other organizations to publish content directly to […]