The Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism’s has served up its annual and comprehensive “State of the News Media” report. It offers a mostly pessimistic assessment of the condition and trajectory of various news media in the US today.

In perhaps its most striking finding, the report shows how declining revenues leading to repeated cost-cutting have hurt readership and audience loyalty. Based on survey data, the State of the News Media argues that slipping quality and diminished coverage have alienated large numbers of people who’ve abandoned news publications or outlets:

[A] significant percentage of them not only have noticed a difference in the quantity or quality of news, but have stopped reading, watching or listening to a news source because of it. Nearly one-third—31%—of people say they have deserted a particular news outlet because it no longer provides the news and information they had grown accustomed to, according to the survey of more than 2,000 U.S. adults in early 2013.

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