Print Media: Newspapers, Magazines, and Books
National newspapers, such as the New York Times or Wall Street Journal tend to have a large, worldwide staff. By contrast, smaller papers tend to emphasize local events and rely on wire services like the Associated Press or Reuters for their coverage of national or international news. The Internet is forcing the newspaper industry to dramatically revamp its business model, but newspapers are still the most widely used source of information.
Magazines, such as Time, Newsweek, or the Economist have widespread circulation and offer in-depth, coverage of the news. By contrast, most expressly political magazines, such as the Republic and the Nation have very small audiences.
Political books are generally very popular. Sarah Palin's autobiography and Al Gore's book on global warming dominated the New York Times best-seller list in 2009.
Broadcasts range from simple, fact-based reporting as on NBC, CBS, and ABC to radical, one-sided, and humorous as on The O'Reilly Factor, The Daily Show with John Stewart, and The Colbert Report.
Programs are often centered on a single, strongly opinionated individual who fields questions and comments from listeners and offers his or her own insights. The majority of politically based radio programs are conservatively oriented.
Offers every kind of previously mentioned media, though usually in limited fashion. There are many blogs that report on politics, but they tend to rely on information collected by outside sources, rather than doing their own reporting. The Internet also provides a forum for the average citizen with a connection to voice his or her opinion for the world to hear.