PublicationsDecember 29, 2008

The Holiday Season Makes Major News

The Project for Excellence in Journalism did not issue a News Index report this week, but the data is available.

PublicationsDecember 22, 2008

A Christmas Present—No Story Eats the News

As 2008 drew to a close, the media’s attention was more divided than any point all year. The economy and Obama’s transition were still top stories. But two scandals and the U.S. auto industry also competed for coverage.

PublicationsDecember 17, 2008

The XMAS Retail Story – Bah Humbug!

Holiday season stories typically focus on travel, good deeds and crowded stores. But this year, the economic crisis has dropped a lump of coal into the media’s seasonal narrative. How does 2008 holiday coverage compare to last year?

PublicationsDecember 15, 2008

Blago-gate Dominates the Week’s News

Congress voted on a Detroit bailout, the media focused on fallout from the economic meltdown, and Barack Obama rolled out a key appointment. But a political scandal bleepin’ swamped ‘em all.

PublicationsDecember 10, 2008

Embattled Lieberman Is Hill's Top Newsmaker

The big election news, of course, was the historic victory of Barack Obama. But that doesn’t mean the legislative branch of government didn’t make some headlines of its own. In the month since Election Day, which Congressional figures found themselves most often in the headlines?

PublicationsDecember 8, 2008

The News Gets Grimmer at Home and Abroad

Barack Obama made headlines with some major appointments last week. But the bigger story was the deepening crises the new administration will face—a cratering economy domestically and a set of global challenges highlighted by the Mumbai terror attack.

PublicationsNovember 30, 2008

Terror in Mumbai Is Biggest Story

The Project for Excellence in Journalism did not issue a News Index report this week, but the data is available.

PublicationsNovember 24, 2008

Cars and Appointments Dominate the News

The future of the automobile industry became a major component of the country’s ongoing economic problems last week, and speculation about Obama’s cabinet appointments reached a new level.

PublicationsNovember 24, 2008

Health News Coverage in the U.S. Media

At a time when health care is a major public policy issue, how have the U.S. media covered the complex subject of health? A new report from PEJ and the Kaiser Family Foundation examines those questions.

PublicationsNovember 20, 2008

How the News Media Covered Religion in the 2008 General Election

What was the big religion story of the general election? A new study by the Project for Excellence in Journalism in conjunction with the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life examines how the media covered religious matters.