More than two thirds (67 percent) of Americans aged 65 and older get news on a mobile device (in 2016, that number was 43 percent; in 2013, it was 22 percent). Mobile news consumption among 50- to 64-year-olds also increased sharply over the past four years.

The newspaper industry has jettisoned hundreds of thousands of jobs, due to falling advertising revenues. Dailies have shrunk sections, pages and features; some have retreated from daily publication; hundreds have closed. Daily and weekly newspaper publishers employed about 455,000 reporters, clerks, salespeople, designers and the like in 1990... By January 2017, that workforce had more than halved to 173,900. Those losses were felt in almost every region of the country.

public servants like mayors and police officers have threatened journalists more often than drug cartels, petty criminals or anyone else in recent years, imperiling investigations and raising questions about the government’s commitment to exposing the culprits. Cases include journalists tortured or killed at the behest of mayors, reporters beaten by armed men in their newsrooms on the order of local officials, and police officers threatening to kill journalists for covering the news.

While concerns about political and media polarization online are longstanding, our study suggests that polarization was asymmetric. Pro-Clinton audiences were highly attentive to traditional media outlets, which continued to be the most prominent outlets across the public sphere, alongside more left-oriented online sites. But pro-Trump audiences paid the majority of their attention to polarized outlets that have developed recently, many of them only since the 2008 election season.

the Times is a good place to look for where coverage went wrong. Few major news organizations conveyed more confidence in Clinton’s chances... (At one point, the Times actually referred to Clinton’s “administration-in-waiting”). Articles commissioned by the Times’s political desk regularly asserted that the Electoral College was a strength for Clinton, when in fact it was a weakness ... And the Times, like the Clinton campaign, largely ignored Michigan and Wisconsin.

Mussolini’s success in Italy normalized Hitler’s success in the eyes of the American press who, in the late 1920s and early 1930s, routinely called him “the German Mussolini.” Given Mussolini’s positive press reception in that period, it was a good place from which to start. Hitler also had the advantage that his Nazi party enjoyed stunning leaps at the polls from the mid '20’s to early '30’s, going from a fringe party to winning a dominant share of parliamentary seats in free elections in 1932.

Facebook has already enlisted select third-party fact-checkers—Snopes,, ABC News, the AP, and Politifact at launch, all members of Poynter’s International Fact Checking Network—to comb through disputed stories and share their findings with the Facebook community at large. There are no financial arrangements between Facebook and the fact-checkers, or arrangements that would otherwise benefit the groups, and Facebook says it will add more partners going forward.

China’s print and broadcast media have always been state-controlled and pro-government. But a decade ago... “reasonable” criticism from the press actually had an important safety-valve alerting the government to emerging problem spots ... Those days are gone. Every week or two the Chinese press carries warnings...that dissent is not permissible and ... the government banned foreign-owned media...from publishing anything in China without government approval.

Fake news sites that feed false, inflammatory information to a credulous American public have risen as a way to make easy money ... 140 websites dedicated to US politics were traced back to a small Macedonian town... Since it’s cheap to register a domain, and set@an up shop overseas, junk sites like,, and can be easily manufactured and unleashed on social media networks, where the clicks can be turned into revenue.

RSF...has included Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on a list of “predators of press freedom.” The list is a roundup of 35 presidents, political and religious leaders, militias and criminal organizations which censor, imprison, torture and murder journalists around the world ... While Egypt ranked low on the index prior to the Arab Spring, the organization claimed that it has fallen even further since Sisi assumed power.