100 Days of Gushing Oil – Media Analysis and Quiz
The BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico proved to be a complex, technical and long-running saga that taxed the media’s resources and attention span. A new PEJ study highlights eight key points in the oil spill coverage. And a new quiz tests how much you know about media coverage of the disaster.
Mosque Controversy, Iraq War Dominate the News
A presidential mention, and intense interest from talk show hosts, pushed a proposed Islamic center in New York City to the top of the news agenda last week. Meanwhile, a milestone in the drawdown of troops in Iraq attracted more media coverage than the war has received in more than a year.
Net Neutrality and the Mosque Furor Lead the Blogosphere
Bloggers were sharply critical of Google last week, accusing the internet giant of shifting its position on a key online policy. Meanwhile, a column arguing against a mosque near the site of Ground Zero drew plaudits. On Twitter, a baseball mishap made the roster of top stories while the No. 1 YouTube video had Boy Scouts booing Barack Obama.
First Lady in the Headlines
Michelle Obama’s recent vacation in Spain—and a mini-controversy over whether she should have embarked on such an expensive trip during tough economic times—generated some news last week and raised an interesting question. When do the news media devote coverage to the First Lady? And why?
The 2010 Midterms Rise; the Gulf Spill Sinks
With the fall balloting closer on the horizon, the crucial midterm elections topped the headlines last week—with a troublesome economy close behind. The death of a well-known politician and debates over immigration policy also finished among the top five stories as did the oil spill saga—though it is quickly losing steam.
A Ruling on Same-sex Marriage Galvanizes Bloggers
A judge’s decision to overturn California’s ban on same-sex marriage became a reason to celebrate for many bloggers last week. Others rallied behind the website WikiLeaks, following its release of secret information about the war in Afghanistan. On Twitter, the decision by 40 wealthy Americans to donate money to charity drew the most attention. And on YouTube, an Alabama crime stopper became a web sensation.
A Tale of Two Justices
Last week, the U.S. Senate confirmed Barack Obama’s Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan by a vote of 63-37. Though she got fewer votes, Kagan’s nomination to the High Court generated far less media attention than Sonia Sotomayor’s one year earlier. PEJ examines the wide disparity in coverage of the president’s first two appointments to the Court.
A Tough Economy and a Plugged Leak Top the News
Two familiar stories—an economy slow to recover and an oil leak slow to be stopped—generated the most press attention last week. But there was plenty of politics as well including two hot button issues—same-sex marriage and illegal immigration—and the mid-term elections. And after one week of big headlines, Afghanistan coverage plunged.
Facebook Privacy and iPhone “Jailbreaking” Engage Social Media Users
The publication of information gleaned from Facebook profiles of millions of users was the top subject on Twitter last week. And a ruling that it’s okay to hack into the iPhone for new applications gained attention on both blogs and Twitter. On YouTube, slang-speaking teens have provoked millions of clicks for two weeks running.
For Communication Grads, a Tough Job Market
The University of Georgia’s yearly survey of journalism and communication graduates is out and the news isn’t good. The job market has tightened, salaries are stagnant and benefits are being cut. On the brighter side, more of the 2009 grads with jobs are doing web-related work and by and large, the students remain satisfied with their career choice.