PublicationsDecember 21, 2006

Iraq Gets Deadlier for Reporters, Too

The Committee to Protect Journalists and Reporters Without Borders may not agree on the exact numbers, but both organizations have come to the same conclusion. Reporting on the escalating conflict in Iraq has become an increasingly dangerous profession. And as is the case with most of the violence there, the primary victims are Iraqis.

PublicationsDecember 20, 2006

From Charles Lindbergh to … You

Some critics have assailed Time magazine’s choice for 2006 Person of the Year in recent days, calling the editors’ selection of “You” with a mirror on the cover gimmicky. But this wasn’t the first unconventional choice for Time’s honor – or the first time a group of people was selected. PEJ takes stock of Time’s past Persons of the Year from 1927 on.

PublicationsDecember 19, 2006

The Media’s Obama Mania

He hasn’t made a decision yet, but the possibility that freshman Senator Barack Obama might run for president in 2008 has triggered an avalanche of press coverage, particularly surrounding his recent visit to New Hampshire. If you look at the language the press is using in those stories, Obama is being treated more like a rock star than a politician.

PublicationsDecember 18, 2006

The Snow Effect

What difference has Tony Snow made since becoming President George W. Bush’s press secretary? The President has been more accessible, for one thing. Tony Snow, it turns out, also talks more than his predecessor, Scott McClellan. A PEJ analysis suggests that in his regular give-and-take with the White House journalists, White House Q&A sessions are wordier and longer with the former TV and radio talk host at the helm.

PublicationsDecember 15, 2006

News Magazines Stumbling to the Finish Line in 2006

After a rough 2005, 2006 has not been much better when it comes to advertising in the big news titles. Compared with the first 11 months of 2005, the New Yorker endured a 13% decline in ad pages in 2006 while Time and Newsweek saw negligible changes. One big winner? The Washington-based National Journal.

PublicationsDecember 15, 2006

From Russia with Polonium-210?

A month ago, virtually no one had heard of Alexander Litvinenko But now, the tale of the former Russian spy killed by radiation poisoning has turned into a major media event with its own series of dramatic plot twists. That’s what happens when you mix in a global murder mystery with an icy touch of Cold War politics.

PublicationsDecember 15, 2006

Are Sirius and XM Headed for the Altar?

It’s hard to know whether the universe of satellite radio companies is about to be cut in half. Is Sirius Radio boss Mel Karmazin’s talk about a merger between his company and XM Radio simply chatter or a prelude to a deal? Any union of the two intensely competitive satellite radio services would have to pass regulatory muster. Here’s a look at how the two satellite radio services stack up.

PublicationsDecember 13, 2006

The Whole World is Reading

A two-year-old experiment in shrinking the global village, Global Voices features bloggers who often write about parts of the world that are ignored by the mainstream media. In this PEJ interview, co-founder Ethan Zuckerman talks about the promise of the blogosphere and some of the problems with traditional journalism.

PublicationsDecember 11, 2006

MSNBC Celebrates Some Good November Numbers

Spurred by the growing popularity of opinionated prime time host Keith Olbermann, MSNBC showed strong ratings growth in November 2006. Pinning its hopes on programming that’s heavy on politics and corporate synergy with NBC, the last-place finisher in the cable net ratings wars is hoping that it’s beginning to find a niche.

PublicationsDecember 8, 2006

Headlines of Several Minds on Iraq Report

What was the treatment of the eagerly awaited Iraq Study Group report across the nation's front pages? To find out, PEJ looked at nearly 200 headlines from Dec. 7, the day after its release. While there wasn’t much good news to tout, these editors seemed almost evenly divided over whether to highlight the report’s critique of the administration or its prescription for change in Iraq.