February 22, 2012

In Busy News Week, Economy Leads

PEJ News Coverage Index February 13-19, 2012

The Project for Excellence in Journalism did not publish a news index report this week. However, the data is available here.

Top Ten Story Data: February 13-19, 2012

Overall (All 5 Sectors)

Rank Story Percent of Newshole
1 Economy  16%
2 2012 Presidential Election 16
3 Whitney Houston Dies 10
4 Middle East Unrest 6
5 Iran 5
6 Health Care Debate 4
7 China 3
8 European Economy 2
9 Afghanistan 2

Newspapers

Rank Story Percent of Newshole
1 Economy  13%
2 2012 Presidential Election 12
3 China 9
4 Middle East Unrest 6
5 European Economy 5
6 Afghanistan 4
7 Education System 4
8 Iran 3
9 Health Care Debate 3

Online

Rank Story Percent of Newshole
1 Economy 22%
2 2012 Presidential Election 13
3 Iran 10
4 Whitney Houston Dies 9
5 Middle East Unrest 8
6 Afghanistan 3
7 European Economy 3
8 Nigerian NWA Terror Attempt 2
9 China 2

Network TV

Rank Story Percent of Newshole
1 2012 Presidential Election   15%
2 Whitney Houston Dies 13
3 Economy 9
4 Iran 7
5 Middle East Unrest  4
6 Jeremy Lin News 4
7 Nuclear Policy Issues 3
8 China 3
9 Honduras Prison Fire 2

Cable TV

Rank Story Percent of Newshole
1 2012 Presidential Election 25%
2 Whitney Houston Dies 18
3 Economy 15
4 Health Care Debate 8
5 Middle East Unrest 6
6 Iran 3
7 Terror Threats/ Homeland Security 2
8 Obama Administration 2
9 Abortion Controversy  2

Radio

Rank Story Percent of Newshole
1 Economy 21%
2 2012 Presidential Election 15
3 Health Care Debate 7
4 Middle East Unrest 6
5 Scott Walker Recall Efforts 5
6 Whitney Houston Dies 5
7 China 3
8 Education System 3
9 Iran 2