PublicationsFebruary 5, 2004

Topics of Lead Election Stories

A variety of topics dominated the lead stories of election news websites in 2004, but candidate performance on the stump and the battle ahead stood apart.

PublicationsFebruary 5, 2004

Frame of Lead Election Stories

A straight news account of the day’s events was the dominant frame of lead stories on news websites during the primary season in 2004 but what the candidates thought about policy and issues was negligible as a focus.

PublicationsFebruary 5, 2004

Number of Sources in Lead Election Stories

The 2004 election was well covered by the online news media, with the majority of stories have seven or more sources.

PublicationsFebruary 5, 2004

First Source in Lead Election Stories

The candidates themselves were the sources readers were most likely to hear from in the campaign stories on news websites during the primary season in 2004.

PublicationsFebruary 5, 2004

Trigger for Lead Election Stories

Factors such as the candidates and election results—not issues of the press’ own design– tended the trigger the campaign stories on news websites during the primary season in 2004.