Stacker compiled a list of 40 fascinating facts about the news industry, consulting circulation figures, public opinion surveys, historical accounts, and media reports.
40 fascinating facts about the news industry
Americans get most news from television and online
Republicans take a dim view of the media
Newspaper readers go online
Yahoo News attracts the most visitors
Local news takes a hit
New York tabloid is oldest daily
Weather reports rank as most important news
Fox News wins most primetime, daytime viewers
Mexico most dangerous for journalists
Most Americans have faith in the media
US trust in media is lower than in other countries
Americans look to Facebook as a news source
CNN pioneers 24-hour news format
American colonists have dozens of newspapers
Newspaper circulation is plummeting
Number of newspaper jobs drops by nearly half in a decade
Financial woes of newspaper industry are overlooked
Nearly all Americans get news digitally
Starting wages for news reporters average $14.50 per hour
Most highly paid news anchor gets $40 million salary
News anchor jobs start at $18 an hour on average
Barbara Walters broke the gender barrier inTV news
News union membership peaks in 1980s
Gwen Ifill breaks TV news race barrier
First American magazines launch in 1741 but soon fail
Congress backs public broadcasting in 1967
Nation’s first radio news show covers politics
History’s Federalist Papers are penned as letters to newspapers
Investigative pioneer feigns insanity to get story
First Black-run newspaper denounces slavery decades before Civil War
Rivalry at U.S. schools over oldest newspaper claims
Newspaper strikes transform industry
New York mayor takes to radio to read comics aloud
First commercially licensed radio news reports election results
Pioneering Black reporter poses as domestic worker for exposé
Journalists of color hold small fraction of news jobs
Horoscopes become a newspaper staple
Trans journalists organize
First Black woman covering White House snubbed by Eisnhower
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