March 4, 2012

Election Leads as Super Tuesday Nears

PEJ News Coverage Index February 27 - March 4, 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 27 – March 4, 2012

Overall (All 5 Sectors)

Rank Story Percent of Newshole
1 2012 Presidential Election 26%
2 Midwest Winter Tornadoes 8
3 Middle East Unrest 6
4 OH School Shooting 6
5 Economy 6
6 Health Care Debate 6
7 Afghanistan 5
8 Iran 3
9 Terror Threats/ Homeland Security 2

Newspapers

Rank Story Percent of Newshole
1 2012 Presidential Election 22%
2 Economy 15
3 Middle East Unrest 9
4 Iraq War – Events on the Ground 5
5 2012 Non-Presidential Elections 3
6 Afghanistan 3
7 Terror Threats/Homeland Security 3
8 Education System 3
9 Engery Debate 3

Online

Rank Story Percent of Newshole
1 2012 Presidential Election 23%
2 Middle East Unrest 9
3 OH School Shooting 8
4 Afghanistan 6
5 Economy 5
6 Iran 5
7 Midwest Winter Tornadoes 4
8 Terror Threats/ Homeland Security 4
9 Disabled Italian Cruise Ship 4

Network TV

Rank Story Percent of Newshole
1 2012 Presidential Election 20%
2 Midwest Winter Tornadoes 14
3 OH School Shooting 11
4 Health Care Debate 7
5 Middle East Unrest 6
6 Russia 4
7 Iran 4
8 Terror Threats/ Homeland Security  3
9 Afghanistan 3

Cable TV

Rank Story Percent of Newshole
1 2012 Presidential Election 38%
2 Midwest Winter Tornadoes 16
3 Health Care Debate 8
4 OH School Shooting 7
5 Afghanistan 5
6 Middle East Unrest 4
7 Iran 3
8 Economy 2
9 Abortion Controversy 2

Radio

Rank Story Percent of Newshole
1 2012 Presidential Election 24%
2 Health Care Debate 12
3 Afghanistan 10
4 Economy 6
5 Andrew Breitbart Dies 6
6 Midwest Winter Tornadoes 4
7 European Economy 4
8 NASA/Shuttle Missions 3
9 Gas/Oil Prices 3