PublicationsSeptember 21, 2006

A Shakeup in the Evening News?

The long-stable world of evening network news looks a bit jostled just three week's into Katie Couric's tenure in the CBS Evening News anchor chair. She may not be in first place anymore but compared to other anchor debuts, Couric has at least temporarily disrupted the long-consistent one, two, three finish among NBC, ABC, and CBS. Is it a long-term change or just a ripple?

PublicationsSeptember 20, 2006

A New Day at the Newsweeklies?

Faced with declining circulation and softening ad pages the big newsweeklies are shaking things up. Both Time and Newsweek recently appointed new editors, and the former is changing its publication day and possibly pruning circulation. Are they in the midst of a mere tweaking, or is it the beginning of a major reinvention?

PublicationsSeptember 19, 2006

The Taliban is Back … in the Headlines

Five years after 9-11, the regime that harbored Osama bin Laden is suddenly making news again, due largely to a recent spike in attacks and casualties in Afghanistan. The phrase “resurgent Taliban” yielded 1,680 stories on Google News from September 1-18, compared to a mere 6 stories for the same period the month before.

PublicationsSeptember 18, 2006

Measuring Online Traffic

In the media business, there’s a raging debate about the accuracy of the numbers that purport to track visitors to the major news web sites. But some analysts say that when it comes to the economics of the Internet, the traditional reliance on audience size may just not be that important to advertisers.

PublicationsSeptember 14, 2006

How Air America Fares Against Conservatives

Two years after its debut, the liberal Air America talk radio network, which has had its fair share of growing pains, is now carried on approximately 90 stations throughout the country. But it’s still got a long way to go to match the reach of such powerful conservative talkers as Rush Limbaugh or Sean Hannity.

PublicationsSeptember 14, 2006

Alt-Weekly Readers

America’s alternative weeklies may have once conjured up coverage of sex, drugs, and rock n’ roll. But as the papers themselves reach middle age, survey numbers show their readers have aged with them—getting married and having kids—which poses a serious challenge: younger upstart publications could steal their readers and advertisers.

PublicationsSeptember 13, 2006

Newsweeklies Go More Global

In a year that has witnessed growing sectarian violence throughout Iraq, a dangerous nuclear deadline with Iran, and a month-long war between Hezbollah and Israel, the three big newsweeklies have devoted a higher percentage of their pages to international and global news than they did in 2005. At the same time, as a group the big three have not curtailed coverage of national affairs.

PublicationsSeptember 12, 2006

A Hot Summer for Cable News

The number of daytime cable news viewers spiked significantly in July and August, registering the highest totals of 2006, according to Nielsen Media Research. A medium whose fortunes are often connected to big, breaking news stories, cable’s serious upswing is in part attributable to the intense month-long conflict between Israel and Hezbollah.

PublicationsSeptember 11, 2006

How 9-11 Changed the Evening News

When the planes struck New York and Washington 5 years ago today, they altered the course of the news people get as well. According to new numbers from ADT Research, viewers of network evening newscasts have gotten a beefed up diet of war and terror since then while seeing big decreases in coverage of domestic issues, from crime to technology.

PublicationsSeptember 8, 2006

Croc Hunter’s Demise Eats the News Hole

How big was the story of the daredevil’s death by stingray? There were 2,170 stories on Google News that included “Steve Irwin” on Monday after he died through the next afternoon. "Al Qaeda," in contrast, earned 1,100 mentions. “Congressional Elections,” registered 433.