April 8, 2012

Big Win for Romney Makes Campaign Top Story

PEJ News Coverage Index April 2-8, 2012

The Project for Excellence in Journalism did not publish their regular news index report this week. Instead, PEJ published this campaign report. The NCI data is available here.

Overall (All 5 Sectors)

Rank Story Percent of Newshole
1 2012 Presidential Election 22
2 Health Care Debate 8
3 Economy 8
4 Trayvon Martin Shooting 7
5 DFW Area Tornadoes 4
6 Middle East Unrest 4
7 VA Beach Navy Jet Crash 3
8 Oikos University Shooting 2
9 Record Mega Millions Lottery 2

Newspapers

Rank Story Percent of Newshole
1 2012 Presidential Election 15%
2 Economy 10
3 Health Care Debate 7
4 Iran  5
5 Education System 5
6 Afghanistan 5
7 China 3
8 Middle East Unrest 3
9 SCOTUS Actions 3

Online

Rank Story Percent of Newshole
1 2012 Presidential Election 21%
2 Trayvon Martin Shooting 10
3 Health Care Debate 10
4 Economy 10
5 Middle East Unrest 5
6 NCAA Basketball Tournament 4
7 Oikos University Shooting 3
8 DFW Area Tornadoes 3
9 VA Beach Navy Jet Crash 2

Network TV

Rank Story Percent of Newshole
1 2012 Presidential Election 12%
2 DFW Area Tornadoes 8
3 Health Care Debate 8
4 Economy 6
5 Record Mega Millions Lottery 5
6 Middle East Unrest 4
7 Oikos University Shooting 3
8 GSA Head Resigns 3
9 VA Beach Navy Jet Crash 2

Cable TV

Rank Story Percent of Newshole
1 2012 Presidential Election 34%
2 Trayvon Martin Shooting 10
3 VA Beach Navy Jet Crash 9
4 Health Care Debate 7
5 DFW Area Tornadoes 7
6 Economy 6
7 North American Leaders’ Summit 4
8 Iran 2
9 Middle East Unrest 2

Radio

Rank Story Percent of Newshole
1 2012 Presidential Election 31%
2 Health Care Debate  10
3 Economy 7
4 Trayvon Martin Shooting 7
5 Middle East Unrest  5
6 Augusta National Membership Controversy 3
7 DFW Area Tornadoes 3
8 European Economy 2
9 GSA Head Resigns 2