May 30, 2012

Cable News Drives Election Coverage

PEJ News Coverage Index May 21-27, 2012

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

Top Ten Story Data: May 21-27, 2012

Overall (All 5 Sectors)

Rank Story Percent of Newshole
1 2012 Presidential Election 19%
2 Economy 6
3 Facebook News 6
4 Middle East Unrest 5
5 Iran 5
6 Etan Patz Cold Case 3
7 SpaceX Rocket Launch 3
8 NATO Summit 2
9 Osama bin Laden Killed 2

Newspapers

Rank Story Percent of Newshole
1 Economy 9%
2 Facebook News 8
3 Education System 8
4 2012 Presidential Election 6
5 China 5
6 European Economy 5
7 Iran 5
8 NATO Summit 4
9 US Airline Industry 4

Online

Rank Story Percent of Newshole
1 2012 Presidential Election 12%
2 Iran 8
3 Middle East Unrest 8
4 Facebook News 8
5 Economy 7
6 Energy Debate 5
7 Tyler Clementi Suicide 4
8 Etan Patz Cold Case  3
9 Osama bin Laden Killed 2

Network TV

Rank Story Percent of Newshole
1 2012 Presidential Election 9
2 Etan Patz Cold Case 8
3 SpaceX Rocket Launch 5
4 Facebook News 5
5 Joplin Tornado 5
6 Afghanistan 4
7 Middle East Unrest 4
8 Osama bin Laden Killed 3
9 Tyler Clementi Suicide 2

Cable TV

Rank Story Percent of Newshole
1 2012 Presidential Election 45%
2 Economy 4
3 Middle East Unrest 4
4 Facebook News 3
5 Etan Patz Cold Case 3
6 Iran  3
7 Terror Threats/ Homeland Security 3
8 SpaceX Rocket Launch 2
9 Osama bin Laden Killed 2

Radio

Rank Story Percent of Newshole
1 2012 Presidential Election 25%
2 Economy 10
3 Scott Walker Recall Efforts 8
4 Middle East Unrest 6
5 NATO Summit 5
6 SpaceX Rocket Launch 5
7 Iraq War – Policy Debate 4
8 Health Care Debate 3
9 Iran 3