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Texas Media & Society Survey

The Texas Media & Society Survey was created by the Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life with support from by the Cain Foundation, the Denius Chair for News Integrity, and the Moody Endowment for Excellence in Communication. For the past two years, the Survey has been conducted with 1,000 Americans and 1,000 Texans from late May to early June.

The Texas Media & Society Survey seeks to capture the voice of Texans and Americans on the media, civic engagement, and politics over time. Launched in 2015 as an endeavor of the Moody College of Communication, the Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life, and the School of Journalism, the survey reveals the attitudes of Texans and Americans on media and politics, measures habits of news consumption, and offers insight into how people become informed in the digital age. The release of annual survey results coincides with the annual Denius Symposium on News Integrity that invites students to engage in public dialogue and to explore the survey results.

The Texas Media & Society Survey is led by:
Sharon Jarvis, Associate Director of the Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life and Associate Professor of Communication Studies.
Susan Nold, Director of the Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life
Jay Jennings, Postdoctoral Researcher at the Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life

Faculty Advisory Committee
Natalie (Talia) Jomini Stroud, Director of the Center for Media Engagement and Associate Professor of Communication Studies
Lucy Atkinson, Associate Professor of Advertising and Public Relations
R. B. Brenner, Director of the School of Journalism and the G.B. Dealey Regents Professor in Journalism
Wenhong Chen, Associate Professor of Radio-TV-Film
Thomas Johnson, Professor of Journalism

2017 Texas Media & Society Undergraduate Fellows
Eunice Iyalho, Claudia Maltos, Elliott Morris, Julia O’Hanlon, and Amanda Sass

2016 Texas Media & Society Undergraduate Fellows
Alishan Alibhai, Victoria Grefer, Madeline Hoadley, Garret Krist, Cameron Lang, Levi Mulloy,
Abby Newell, Kelly Nwonuma, and Grace Thomas

2017 Questionnaire

2016 Questionnaire

2017 Infographic

2017 Topline Results

2016 Infographic

2016 Report on The News Media & Journalism

2016 Report on Political Attitudes & Engagement

2016 Report on Community Engagement

These publications use data from the Texas Media & Society Survey. If you have published using our survey data, please contact us and let us know.

Trump Supporters vs. Republican Voters: How Frustration with the Media Separated the GOP in 2016
by Sharon Jarvis and Jay Jennings in The Presidency and Social Media

Republicans Should Vote: Partisan Conceptions of Electoral Participation in Campaign 2016
by Sharon Jarvis and Jay Jennings in the American Behavioral Scientist

Texas Perspectives: Be wary of reckless rigged-election talk
by Susan Nold in the Waco Tribune-Herald

It is time to revamp Texas’ voter registration policies in the Daily Texan
by Cade Stone

Press release and op-eds

Answering Your Most Pressing Civics Questions
by Casey Floren

How to Spot Fake News
by Casey Floren

2016 Denius Symposium on News Integrity