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Authors and Collaborators

Authors and Collaborators

Many partners contributed to this report.

The content analysis was designed by the Project in collaboration with six of those partners, Lee Ann Brady of Princeton Survey Research Associates International, Steve Lacy and Fred Fico of The School of Journalism at Michigan State University, William Evans and Jennings Bryant of The Institute for Communication Research of the College of Communication & Information Sciences as The University of Alabama, and Esther Thorson, associate dean of graduate studies and research at the University of Missouri School of Journalism. The coding of print media (online and newspapers) was executed by a team at PSRAI under the supervision of Brady. The coding of network TV) was executed by a team at Michigan under the supervision of Lacy and Fico. The coding of cable was executed by Alabama under the supervision of Evans and Jenkins. All conclusions and analysis were then sent to Thorson’s team at Missouri for statistical testing. Video tapes for content analysis were provided courtesy of Video Monitoring Services. We would especially like to thank Juan Hidalgo and Pro Sherman for their support.

Daniel Riffe, professor of journalism at Ohio University consulted on the design of the sample

The chapter on newspapers was co-authored by Rick Edmonds of the Poynter Institute. The rest of the chapters were written by the staff of the Project.

Andrew Tyndall of ADT Research provided tapes, data and gave particularly close reads and copious suggestions on the chapters on network and cable TV.

David Vaina of the Project and Matt Carlson formerly of the Project conducted the data aggregation for the newspaper and online chapters. Atiba Pertilla conducted the data aggregation for the cable and local television chapters. Tom Avila conducted the data aggregation for the radio and network chapters. Dante Chinni conducted the data aggregation for the ethnic, alternative and magazine chapters.

Carter Cosgrove designed the website. Chris McMahon took the photos that appear on the site. David Vaina implemented the design and construction of the site with the assistance of Dante Chinni, Atiba Pertilla and Matt Carlson. Tom Avila aided in the visual design of the website as well as of the Executive Summary. Wendy Kelly of WLK Design published the executive summary.

Amy Mitchell, PEJ’s associate director and research director, supervised the project. Tom Rosenstiel is the Project’s director.

Evan Jenkins, a longtime journalist, currently a consulting editor of the Columbia Journalism Review, was the copy editor.

More than twenty-five people served as readers of the chapters. Among them are: Charles Bierbauer, Steve Brill, Merrill Brown, John Currie, Wally Dean, Dale Willman, Osborne Elliott, Howard Finberg, Paul Friedman, Bob Giles, Jeff Gralnick, Lawrence Grossman, Alex Jones, Richard Karpel, Katie King, Bill Kovach, Scott Libin, Larry McGill, Victor Navasky, George Niesen, Bob Papper, Deborah Potter, Adam Powell, Henrik Rehbinder, Lee Rainie, Alan Seraita, Abbey Scher, Frank Sesno, Al Stavitsky, Roberto Suro and Andrew Tyndall.

A new feature this year, guest essays, accompany 6 of the chapters. Bill Kovach wrote the essay on newspapers. Merrill Brown wrote the essay on online. Andrew Tyndall wrote the essay on network and cable news. Al Stavitsky wrote the essay on radio news. Samir A. Husni wrote the essay on news magazines. Bob Papper wrote the essay on local television news.

Their thoughtful insights and suggestions greatly improved the chapters, but the readers are in no way responsible for the analysis or narrative accounts in this report. Moreover, the readers were not sources for information, unless explicitly cited in footnotes. In no case did a reader serve as an anonymous source for anything in the report.

Finally, the project could not have been completed without the extraordinary support, both financially and personally, of the Pew Charitable Trusts, particularly Don Kimelman, our friend and colleague, and Rebecca Rimel, whose idea this report was in the first place.