The American Journalist Study @ Newhouse

The American Journalist project is housed at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University and supported by the John Ben Snow Foundation.


The American Journalist project, which is based on nationwide surveys of U.S. journalists conducted every 10 years, has described the backgrounds, working conditions, and attitudes of U.S. journalists for the past four decades. The American Journalist in the Digital Age, published in 2017, documented significant changes in American journalism, including a dramatic decline in the size of the journalism workforce, increases in the proportions of women and minorities, and changes in job satisfaction.


The American Journalist studies were originally conducted by Professors David H. Weaver and G. Cleveland (Cleve) Wilhoit at Indiana University. We are excited that this award-winning research project is now housed at and supported by the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, one of the nation’s top schools of journalism.


Lars Willnat, who serves as the John Ben Snow Endowed Research Professor, will conduct the 2022 American Journalist study together with the original research team from Indiana University and his Ph.D. students at the Newhouse School.


The study is also proud to receive the support of the John Ben Snow Foundation, which has partnered with local and regional non-profits to shape our community and drive positive change for future generations.


This important and groundbreaking work will help shape the advancement of journalism for the next decade. Journalism is in peril, and this study will help stakeholders chart a course to restore the public’s trust in the news media – and value for those who play an important role in our democracy. The Newhouse School is proud to be the home of The American Journalist study.

Dean Mark J. Lodato, S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, Syracuse University