Informing the Public

  • June 15, 2018

The Pew Charitable Trusts applies a rigorous, analytical approach to improve public policy, inform the public, and invigorate civic life, as these recent accomplishments illustrate.

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Social Media Use in 2018: Are Changes Coming?

by Erica Sanderson

June 15, 2018

A newsstand in Beijing offers a variety of papers and magazines for sale. 

Report on global media gets worldwide attention

The Pew Research Center published a report in January on global media habits, finding that adults in 38 countries overwhelmingly agree that the news media should be unbiased in their coverage of political issues. Respondents also gave political reporting the lowest ranking among all areas of news coverage. The report and related resources were widely covered in print and online media worldwide, and brought 39,000 visitors—53 percent of them located outside the United States—to the center’s website.

Gender equity remains elusive in STEM workplaces

A January report released by the Pew Research Center found that half of all women working in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) jobs say they’ve experienced gender discrimination and that the share of women in STEM reporting gender discrimination—78 percent—is higher for those in majority-male workplaces. The report was widely covered in the media and shared by notable stakeholders in the technology industry. Center staff discussed their research on race and gender in STEM workplaces with congressional staffers, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission acting chair, and State Department scientists and foreign affairs officers.

What, exactly, is online harassment?

In January, the Pew Research Center published a report and video examining what Americans believe constitutes online harassment. The study posed fictional scenarios of escalating online interactions and asked respondents to indicate which specific elements they considered harassment—and found considerable disagreement over what constitutes online harassment. The report received more than 11,700 visitors, while the video has been viewed nearly 6,700 times and serves as a new tool for distributing the center’s survey research.