ORB – Oregonian Research Blog

February 27, 2009

Newspapers: Online Growth, but Print Losses are Bigger

Filed under: newspapers,pew centers,statistics,study,survey — Lynne @ 4:01 pm

The trend is unmistakable: Fewer Americans are reading print newspapers as more turn to the internet for their news. And while the percentage of people who read newspapers online is growing rapidly, especially among younger generations, that growth has not offset the decline in print readership.

More from the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press.


July 25, 2008

Pew Center

Recently released from the various Pew Centers:

The Changing Newsroom: Gains and Losses in Today’s Papers

It has fewer pages than three years ago, the paper stock is thinner, and the stories are shorter. There is less foreign and national news, less space devoted to science, the arts, features and a range of specialized subjects. Business coverage is either packaged in an increasingly thin stand-alone section or collapsed into another part of the paper. The crossword puzzle has shrunk, the TV listings and stock tables may have disappeared, but coverage of some local issues has strengthened and investigative reporting remains highly valued. Full Report

2008 National Survey of Latinos: Hispanic Voter Attitudes

Hispanic registered voters support Democrat Barack Obama for president over Republican John McCain by 66% to 23%, according to a nationwide survey of 2,015 Latinos conducted by the Pew Hispanic Center, a project of the Pew Research Center, from June 9 through July 13, 2008. (Full Report: PDF)

Biofuels for Transportation: A Climate Perspective

As the United States seeks to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from motor vehicles and to lessen its dependence on imported oil, biofuels are gaining increasing attention as one possible solution. This paper offers an introduction to the current state of play for biofuels: the technologies used in their production, their GHG emissions, and associated policy issues.
(Full Report: PDF)

Likely Rise in Voter Turnout Bodes Well for Democrats

The outlook for the presidential election at mid-year is substantially different than at comparable points in time in recent campaigns. First, turnout is likely to be higher this fall – perhaps much higher than in previous elections – as voter interest continues at record levels. Second, as has been the case since the start of the campaign, Democrats enjoy a substantial engagement advantage over Republicans that may significantly alter the composition of the November electorate.

Third, while there has been considerable debate about whether Hillary Clinton’s supporters will rally behind Barack Obama in the fall, it is clear that both candidates face formidable challenges in consolidating their bases. (Full Report: PDF)

June 4, 2008

World Health Statistics 2008

Filed under: health,statistics — Lynne @ 7:04 pm

The World Health Organization (WHO) recently released World Health Statistics 2008, which summarizes data collected from 193 member states. It is the authoritative annual reference for over 70 (previously 50) health indicators in countries around the world.
The new report also highlights trends in maternal mortality, the spread of malaria, breast cancer mortality and screening, tobacco use, and health care spending.

April 29, 2008

U.S. Census Bureau Facts for Features for the month of May

Filed under: census,holidays,statistics — Lynne @ 6:35 pm
  • Cinco de Mayo
  • Mother’s Day
  • Older Americans Month
  • April 4, 2008

    Filed under: Canada,historical,reference,statistics — Lynne @ 7:05 pm

    Canada Year Book Historical Collection 1867 – 1967
    First published in 1867, the Canada Year Book is an overview of the country, featuring facts and figures about many aspects of Canada, including population, climate, geography, wildlife and tourism.

    Now the wealth of historical data in Statistics Canada’s annual Canada Year Book is available free on the Internet in the Canada Year Book Historical Collection. It covers the first century of Canada’s history, from 1867 to 1967, with historical text, tables, charts and maps, supplemented by interconnected learning resources for students and teachers.

    January 11, 2008

    Filed under: congressional research service,crime,statistics — Lynne @ 8:30 pm

    Crime Statistics

    The Congressional Research Service (CRS) has published a report for Congress called “How Crime in the United States Is Measured”.

    “Crime data collected through the Uniform Crime Reports (UCR), the National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS), and the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS) are used by Congress to inform policy decisions and allocate federal criminal justice funding to states. As such, it is important to understand how each program collects and reports crime data, and the limitations associated with the data.”

    The report was published January 3, 2008.

    To see how crime is measured in Oregon read our breaking news post from Monday.

    Found on: Secrecy News Blog

    December 21, 2007

    Filed under: census,Demographics,statistics — Lynne @ 11:30 pm

    Statistical Abstract of the United States 2008!

    The 2008 edition of the Statistical Abstract of the United States is now available online. I am so excited! This resource is where to go when looking for who, what, and how many of just about anything in the United States. Published since 1878, the 2008 edition has 64 new tables. Here is a sampling:

    Marriages and Divorces–Number and Rate by State: 1990 to 2005 [Excel] [PDF]

    Purchasing Power of the Dollar: 1980 to 2006 [Excel] [PDF ]

    Snow, Hail, Ice Pellets, and Sleet–Selected Cities (Portland included) [Excel] [PDF]

    Top States and Cities Visited by Overseas Travelers: 2000 to 2006 [Excel] [PDF]

    Weekly Food Cost of a Nutritious Diet by Type of Family: 2000 and 2006 [Excel] [PDF]

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