PublicationsNovember 29, 2010

Economy Again Tops the News

The Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism did not publishing a full Weekly News Index report for November 22-28, 2010. PEJ is, however, making the data available.

PublicationsNovember 24, 2010

Bloggers Weigh in on Koppel’s Cable Critique

In a week in which the blogosphere also reacted to a number of Beltway-based stories, the top subject was one mainstream media stalwart’s assessment of the current state of the news industry. How much and what kind of a response did Ted Koppel’s recent column generate? 

PublicationsNovember 22, 2010

With the Election Over, the Economy Tops the News

The state of the troubled U.S. economy, the old reliable of news stories, was the biggest topic in the news last week. But the media also focused on some new TSA screening techniques that seemed to poke and provoke some travelers. And continued coverage of the midterms focused on new power players in Washington.

PublicationsNovember 18, 2010

Battle of the Bush Books

George W. Bush recently made headlines thanks to the release of his memoir, Decision Points, and the accompanying media tour. But several other books about his administration have drawn even more media attention. How does the coverage of Decision Points stack up with other book releases that made significant news in the past few years?

PublicationsNovember 18, 2010

Global Warming Heats Up the Blogosphere

News of scientists’ plans to more actively warn of global warming dangers generated a big response from bloggers last week. And on YouTube, the continuing Philip DeFranco phenomenon illustrates the online platform’s power to turn regular folks into video stars.

PublicationsNovember 15, 2010

Another Bad News Week for Obama

Three stories topped the news last week—the economy, the aftermath of the 2010 midterms and the president’s trip to Asia—and all three involved narratives that were not positive for President Obama. The week’s other top stories included a cruise gone awry and a former president resurfacing on the media circuit to pitch his new book.

PublicationsNovember 11, 2010

Bloggers Blast an Iran War Scenario

A backlash against columnist David Broder’s suggestions for Obama united bloggers last week while and Comedy Central’s Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear got mixed reviews.  

PublicationsNovember 11, 2010

Media Coverage of U.S. Terror Plots

The recently uncovered Yemen- based attempt to launch an attack aimed at the U.S. homeland made its share of headlines in recent weeks. But in terms of coverage, it still ranks well below some other terror episodes in the past three years. PEJ looks at which of these stories have generated the most attention in the mainstream media. 

PublicationsNovember 9, 2010

Midterm Results are the Biggest Story in 2010

No other event or story generated much attention as the battle for Congress was finally resolved, accounting for more than half of last week’s coverage. Once the voters had spoken, the media pivoted from polls and predictions to post-mortems and projections about the new political landscape. And not surprisingly, President Obama was at the center of the narrative.

PublicationsNovember 5, 2010

Parsing Election Day Media – How the Midterms Message Varied by Platform

In today’s news landscape, both mainstream and new media sources shape the narrative. A new PEJ study finds that no single unified message reverberated throughout the media universe in the wake of the November 2 voting and what one learned depended largely on where one got the news.  How did the post election-day narrative differ from the front pages to the television studies and from bloggers to Twitterers?