PublicationsDecember 29, 2010

WikiLeaks Prove Wickedly Popular Among Bloggers

For the third time this month, bloggers remained wrapped up in the WikiLeaks affair and U.S. government response. Bloggers also cheered the end the of the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy. On Twitter, news media predictions for 2011 garnered the most attention. And a shocking event caught live on video drew the most views on YouTube.

PublicationsDecember 21, 2010

A New Year of the Women?

Christine O’Donnell, Shirley Sherrod, and Elena Kagan jumped from near obscurity to household names in 2010. What other famous females were there this past year? The Project for Excellence in Journalism looks back at all the top ten women newsmakers of 2010.

PublicationsDecember 20, 2010

Tax Bill Drove the News Last Week

The economy topped the news for the sixth straight week, while a string of tragedies—the death of a top diplomat, the suicide of Bernie Madoff’s son, and the suicide of an unstable Florida gunman—also made headlines. And health care, after months of absence, returned to the news in a significant way.

PublicationsDecember 16, 2010

A Tax Compromise and a WikiLeaks Controversy Capture Social Media

The agreement on tax cuts between President Obama and GOP leaders led to a complex online conversation which revealed deep tensions within one party. The WikiLeaks controversy, a hot topic for the second week in a row, drew a more unified response. And on YouTube, a tragic stunt on live German television drew worldwide attention.

PublicationsDecember 13, 2010

A Taxing Week Fuels Economic Coverage

The arrest of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and the death of Elizabeth Edwards both received substantial coverage, but it was the reaction to a compromise on the expiring Bush-era tax cuts that really galvanized the press last week.

PublicationsDecember 9, 2010

Leaked Documents Drive the Online Conversation

The social media were galvanized last week by the WikiLeaks dissemination of secret U.S. documents—sharing and commenting on a number of different elements in the story. Twitter users drew even more attention, though, to a major scientific discovery largely uncovered in the mainstream press.

PublicationsDecember 8, 2010

Government Officials Ensnared in Scandal

Recently censured Congressman Charles Rangel may have been the latest politician to generate headlines about corruption, infidelity or various misdeeds. But in terms of media attention, his ethics case was somewhat down the list of top scandal stories. A PEJ analysis reveals which other officials made that roster

PublicationsDecember 6, 2010

Taxes, Debt and Leaks Dominate the Week

There was a significant spike in coverage of the troubled U.S. economy last week as Washington seemed to start tackling some of the key issues more aggressively. And if Julian Assange wasn’t already a household word, the man famous for sharing U.S. secrets generated enormous attention with new revelations.

PublicationsDecember 2, 2010

Social Media Join the Anti-TSA Movement

The outrage over new security measures at the nation’s airports ran rampant among bloggers, Tweeters, and YouTube viewers. Phrases like “security theater,” “money making scam” and even an animated reenactment of full body x-rays and pat-downs pervaded social media.

PublicationsDecember 1, 2010

MSM on the TSA

Airport security generated a significant amount of attention as travel ramped up this November—much of it focused on the full body scans and new pat down procedures. But with a few exceptions, air travel safety procedures have not generated much coverage in the past few years. When else has the TSA made news?