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Media's Role in the Public Perception of National Security


The Pew Research Center for the People and the Press

Provides poll and survey results regarding public views on the practice of journalism and their coverage of terrorism and other national security issues.

The Pew Charitable Trusts support nonprofit activities in the areas of culture, education, the environment, health and human services, public policy and religion. The Trusts make strategic investments that encourage and support citizen participation in addressing critical issues and effecting social change.

Project for Excellence in
Journalism (PEJ)

Selected finding from the 2002 study--"How was local television news changed by September 11 - the moment American foreign policy and the specter of terrorism became a local story? "

In an initiative to find the correlation between quality local television journalism and ratings PEJ brings the practice of benchmarking--identifying models of quality in an industry--to local TV news. The project's model of excellence, one that is grounded in the reality of the marketplace and the tenets of sound journalism, was formulated by a design team of respected local TV news executives from around the nation.