May 25, 2007

Iraq Dominates PEJ’s First Quarterly NCI Report

The Nature of Different Media Sectors

The PEJ Index is unique in that it includes such a wide cross-section of American media. After three months, some patterns emerge. The news agenda of different media sectors varies noticeably, particularly at different times of day.

Radio is more political. Newspapers have a more varied menu of topics—even on their front pages. Network morning news is more celebrity- and lifestyle-oriented. Cable TV’s agenda is now heavily influenced by talk.