Introducing the Pew-Knight Initiative


At Pew Research Center, we’ve spent decades studying journalism in the United States. For many years, our primary focus was on the news industry itself, mainly through our State of the News Media project. But as the information environment has changed — and as more and more people get informed from sources that are not traditional news outlets — we’ve expanded our focus to look more closely at news consumers. Where are Americans getting their news, and how are they deciding which journalists and information they can trust? 

Today, we’re embarking on a new chapter in this research through a five-year partnership with the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Knight Foundation has provided funding for our work for many years, and the Pew-Knight Initiative represents a renewed commitment to this research. We’ll be delivering a comprehensive, real-time look at the fast-evolving information landscape from the standpoints of both consumers and producers of news. 

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