Pew Research Center Publications released its State of the News Media 2011 today, showing that after two bad years, the American news media has improved somewhat, except for newspapers.

While other news outlets such as TV, magazines and online has gone up, newspapers’ revenue has continued to decline.

The study says that this is “an unmistakable sign that the structural economic problems facing newspapers are more severe than those of other media.”

What I found interesting is how it mentions another issue:

"Beneath all this, however, a more fundamental challenge to journalism became clearer in the last year. The biggest issue ahead may not be lack of audience or even lack of new revenue experiments. It may be that in the digital realm the news industry is no longer in control of its own future."

Social media is playing a big part in news and more people get some kind of news from their mobile phones.

News outlets have to adapt to the changing landscape that is news media today.

The study shows that more people are turning to the Web to find their news -the two main news outlets are now online and TV - the latter still leading the race - but the gap is closing.

Just as the video above shows - social media has taken a huge leap into the media environment. And I think it’s time for the news outlets to follow.