PublicationsAugust 6, 2009

The Michael Jackson Saga Stays in the News

Last week’s police raid on the home of Michael Jackson’s doctor, Conrad Murray, kept the singer’s death in the headlines. In the five weeks since his June 25 passing, the Jackson saga has trailed only the economy and health care on the list of top stories. Which media sectors have been paying the most attention?

PublicationsAugust 6, 2009

Blogs Chew Over Food and Health while Iran Surges on Twitter

The conversation in the blogosphere last week focused on two stories that challenged conventional wisdom about healthy food. On Twitter, the protests in Iran dominated at a level not seen since the unrest began in mid-June. And the most-viewed news video featured some on-air cable flirting.

PublicationsAugust 5, 2009

Grim Employment Picture for Communication Grads

The 2008 class of journalism and communications graduates is suffering the worst job prospects on record, according to a new report from the University of Georgia. And as those numbers seem to be reflected in growing pessimism about the news industry among degree recipients, it’s forcing many of them to be more flexible about career aspirations.

PublicationsAugust 3, 2009

High-Stakes Health Care Fight Drives the News

The polarizing debate over health care policy was the No. 1 story for the second week in a row—with much of the coverage focused on the implications for Barack Obama. Meanwhile, economic news took a turn for the optimistic and the “birthers” got 15 minutes (and maybe more) in the media spotlight.

PublicationsJuly 30, 2009

When Hillary Clinton Makes Headlines

The recent exchange between Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the North Korean government captured media attention. But some recent coverage of the former First Lady suggested she has maintained a surprisingly low profile in her new job. How visible has Clinton been in the news media this year?

PublicationsJuly 30, 2009

Bloggers Seize on Obama’s Slipping Poll Numbers

While the mainstream press focused on the health care battle last week, the online conversation centered on sobering survey results for President Obama. Bloggers also jumped into the racially charged “Skip” Gates case. Iran was again the hot Twitter topic and a confrontation between David Beckham and angry soccer fans led on YouTube.

PublicationsJuly 29, 2009

Health News Coverage in the U.S. Media, Early 2009

Coverage of health news is on the rise according to an examination of media coverage from January to June 2009. Which health news topics generated the biggest headlines in 2009? What media sectors pay the most attention to health care? These questions and more are answered in a new study, produced by PEJ and the Kaiser Family Foundation.

PublicationsJuly 27, 2009

From Health Care to “Skip” Gates, Obama Makes Big News

With the political battle over health care legislation intensifying in Washington, that subject generated its highest level of coverage, by far, last week. But a remark by the president at the end of his health care press conference quickly changed the news agenda.

PublicationsJuly 23, 2009

Once Again, Sarah Palin and Iran Draw the Attention of Social Media

Contrary to the mainstream media focus on the Sotomayor confirmation hearings last week, social media reflected a very different news agenda. On blogs, Sarah Palin’s political future and views on energy policy dominated. On Twitter, Iran led the conversation for a fifth week in a row. And on YouTube, a controversy over a photo of President Obama was resolved.

PublicationsJuly 20, 2009

Sotomayor Hearings Lead the News Without Making News

The media geared up for fireworks and drama when senators questioned Barack Obama’s first Supreme Court nominee. But the narrative turned out very differently. And coverage of the economic crisis seems stuck in a predictable pattern.