PublicationsDecember 3, 2009

A Court Martial Fuels Anger in the Blogosphere

Charges against U.S. servicemen who captured one of the most wanted men in Iraq drew major attention from the blogosphere last week. A controversial singer was the hottest topic on Twitter. And a YouTube video intended to paint an unflattering portrait of Sarah Palin supporters was viewed more than 1 million times.

PublicationsDecember 2, 2009

Palin in the Public Eye

The publicity surrounding the release of Sarah Palin’s new book “Going Rogue” generated major coverage for the former Alaska governor. Since she emerged as a 2008 vice-presidential candidate, Palin has displayed a remarkable knack for generating headlines. What events in 2009 have thrust her into the media spotlight?

PublicationsNovember 30, 2009

Economic News Eclipses Afghanistan and Health Care

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

PublicationsNovember 23, 2009

Public Policy (and Palin) Drive the Week’s News

A Senate health care bill, new jobless numbers, a recommendation on breast cancer screening, and a presidential visit to China made the roster of top stories in a crowded news week. But perhaps no subject stirred as much media sturm and drang as Sarah Palin’s high-profile book tour.

PublicationsNovember 19, 2009

Health Care and Fort Hood Dominate the Blogs

The new media world divided its attention between two stories last week: the progress of health care reform in Congress and the suspect in the Fort Hood shootings. On Twitter, technology-related issues topped the agenda. And on YouTube, that soccer player just won’t go away.

PublicationsNovember 18, 2009

The Dobbs Difference

Recently departed CNN host Lou Dobbs may have left that job because his more opinionated style clashed with the network’s down-the-middle political brand. But a PEJ examination of the content of his show in 2009 also suggests that Dobbs clearly distinguished himself from his colleagues when it came to news priorities.

PublicationsNovember 16, 2009

Fort Hood Fallout Leads the News Again

Coverage of the Army base massacre continued to dominate headlines as some of last week’s coverage examined whether Nidal Malik Hasan should have been stopped before his November 5 attack. And by week’s end, the plan to bring alleged 9/11 conspirators to trial in New York was dominating the headlines.

PublicationsNovember 12, 2009

The Fort Hood Tragedy Highlights the Reporting Role of Social Media

The online media joined the mainstream press last week in focusing most of their attention on the killing spree at the Fort Hood Army post. Some of that conversation focused on the background and motivation of the suspect, but much also evaluated the pros and cons of real-time newsgathering.

PublicationsNovember 10, 2009

The Fort Hood Tragedy – When Crime Makes News

It’s not often that a crime tops the news agenda, but in a week that included major developments affecting Afghanistan, the economy and health care, the Fort Hood rampage was the No. 1 story. What other violent criminal acts have generated major headlines and where does last week’s tragedy rank among them?  

PublicationsNovember 9, 2009

The Army Base Massacre Dominates the Week

The U.S. unemployment rate jumped, the Afghan runoff election was cancelled and the House of Representatives passed a health care bill last week. But those stories all took a back seat to coverage of the killing spree at Fort Hood Texas, which quickly became a story about Islam and possibly, terrorism.