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Temple Res Life To Get Upgrade April 23, 2011

Posted by Matt Wargo in Haphazard Happenings.
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New students at Temple this fall can expect some big changes to their residence halls.

University Housing and Residential Life at Temple announced plans to renovate their on-campus housing sites to include: wireless internet, additional multi-purpose space, and classrooms.

The move to make the residence halls 100 percent wireless eliminates the need for students to plug-in through an Ethernet cord. Once the upgrade goes live, Temple’s Main Campus will be 100 percent wireless.

With the addition of the Wifi for residents, Housing has decided to eliminate the computer labs within student housing. Res Life says removing computer labs will allow for new space to host programs in the residence halls for students.

Along with the labs, the fitness centers are also expected to be removed, providing more space for classrooms and multi-purpose areas. Housing officials say the expansion of Campus Recreation’s facilities last Fall gives students plenty of options for working out on campus.

News Viewers, Where Are You? April 18, 2011

Posted by Matt Wargo in Journalism.
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Dear Big Three National News Networks: Newspapers and magazines aren’t the only ones in trouble. Your viewers are tuning out, according to a new poll. They say you’re losing credibility and you’re biased.

A recent study suggests news audiences are shifting how and where they prefer to get their news.

Over the past decade, viewers have steadily tuned out the three major television networks for cable-based stations like CNN and Fox News Channel. Since 1993, the number of people reportedly watching national news broadcasts on ABC, CBS, and NBC has dropped by 30 percent, according to a new poll. Data shows 28 percent of viewers tuned in regularly to a nightly newscast in 2010, continuing a downward trend that may be tied to credibility.

The same three national networks that have been trying to maintain dwindling audiences, have witnessed their credibility drop by over 10 percent since 1985, data indicates. CBS has experienced the steepest drop with only 19 percent of viewers believing what the stations air, compared to 33 percent in 1985, according to the report.

However, shrinking viewer bases are not a problem for every news organization; the cable news networks have witnessed a six percent increase in their viewership since 2002, poll numbers indicate.

As for their news judgment, the data suggests Fox News Channel has gained credibility from viewers, up from 19 percent in 2000 to 25 percent in 2005.

Even though its viewership is rising, cable-news giant CNN has seen trouble spots within its creditability. The network peaked at an all-time high of 37 percent in 1998, but has been riding a downward trend to a present 26 percent believability in 2010, the report shows.

Overwhelmingly, news audiences claim to see a political bias within news coverage. Of the 82 percent of participants who believed the media is bias, 43 percent said they saw media outlets favoring liberals, according to the survey.

Overall, the data suggests broadcast outlets are holding steady as television news programs saw an eight percent drop in regular viewers from 1990 to 72 percent in 2010. Data shows radio outlets experienced a similar dip in regular listeners down from 56 percent in 1990 to 43 percent in 2010.

At the local level, evening news television programming reportedly experienced a 26 percent drop in viewers since 1993. While a steep decrease occurred in regular viewers to 50 percent in 2010, the number of viewers occasionally tuning in increased from 16 percent in 1993 to 26 percent in 2010, the report shows.

Even with the decline in regular viewers for local newscasts, their websites may be seeing a rise in the number of visitors. From 2006 to 2010, the amount of people turning to news websites for news grew from 4 percent to 11 percent, reports show.

The digital transition and Internet revolution has allowed everything from newspapers to newscasts to be available at the click-of-a-mouse. The number of people reportedly getting their news from online sources has rapidly risen from a mere six percent in 1995 to an astounding 37 percent in 2010.

The boom in users has also changed its preference when it comes to reading the news online. In 2006, MSN/NBC shared the top spot for where readers turned to get their information online with 31 percent of online news traffic, the survey shows. Two years later, reports indicate Yahoo claimed the number one spot with 28 percent of total news traffic online, as MSNBC/NBC slid to 10 percent in 2008.

CNN and Google also saw minor changes in readership online since 2006, claiming the number two and three spots, behind Yahoo in 2010, according to the report.

As for social media websites like Twitter and Facebook, users are slowly beginning to log on for updates in 140 characters or less or to “like” an outlet’s news coverage. Social network users getting their news through social websites increased to 16 percent in 2010, compared to 10 percent in 2008, the study indicates.

The number of users on Twitter regularly turning to news tweets for updates in 2010 was a dismal 17 percent, compared to the 42 percent of users that said they never get their news from the website, data shows.

Similar numbers show those logging into Facebook have yet to click the “friend” or “like” button on the pages of news organizations or journalists. The study suggests 16 percent of Facebook users followed news outlets in 2010.

While the report suggests Internet news sources appear to be growing in popularity, the old-fashioned daily newspapers are struggling to maintain readers. Newspapers saw the number of regular readers drop from 71 percent in 1990 to 49 percent in 2010, poll numbers indicate.

However, daily newspapers were not the only print publication witness a decline in readership. The number of magazine readers has also reportedly fallen from 18 percent in 1990 to 10 percent in 2010, according to the study.

The study, conducted by the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press, surveyed 3,006 participants in June 2010 on their media consumption habits.

This post is a clip from a Journalism Research course at Temple. We were invited to find interesting trends within a specific study on media consumption habits in America.