A High-Profile High-Tech Firing Galvanizes Social Media
News about two major tech companies generated plenty of attention on both blogs and Twitter last week. One involved an abrupt changing of the guard at Yahoo and the other was an interesting addition to the Google portfolio. On YouTube, some strange animals were the top stories.
A Pivotal Presidential Speech Drives the News
In a crowded news week, the economy was the top story, followed by an intensifying 2012 presidential race. The week ended with news of a new terror warning and sober reflection on the 10th anniversary of the September 11 attacks.
Controversies, Not Commemorations, Make 9/11 News
Sunday September 11 is the tenth anniversary of the terrorist attacks on New York and Washington. PEJ examines which issues relating to 9/11 have attracted the most media attention in the past five years.
Bloggers Debate Hurricane Hype
Did the media overplay Hurricane Irene? What should the media’s role be? Bloggers weighed in strongly last week. And thanks to news about pop star Beyonce, the MTV Video Music Awards set a record on Twitter and were the subject of the most popular video on YouTube.
Irene’s Aftermath Tops the News
Even after it had passed, the hurricane that slammed the East Coast continued to be the top news story across the U.S. last week as damage mounted. A scheduling skirmish over a presidential speech made the economy the No. 2 story while the hunt for a deposed dictator was a smaller story than his fleeing the capital.
Little Coverage of Sub-Saharan Africa
The East African drought and famine has affected 12 million people in the Horn of Africa. But the crisis has generated very little attention in the U.S. media. PEJ investigates the coverage of this crisis as well as other events in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Quotes, Tributes and Puns About the Steve Jobs Resignation Fill Twitter
The resignation of the admired businessman and inventor dominated Twitter for the week, far outpacing a pair of natural disasters on the East Coast. On YouTube an international basketball brawl drew significant attention while bloggers were stunned at the size of our national debt.
Hispanic Media Faring Better than the Mainstream
Spanish-language media is an important tool for a U.S. Hispanic population that is increasingly bilingual and American-born. Is the Hispanic newspaper market experiencing the same issues as English-language papers? Why are networks like Univision growing so rapidly? Is radio still a dominant force in Spanish-language media? PEJ answers these and other questions in a new examination of the Hispanic Media landscape.
From Tripoli to the East Coast, a Week of Big Events
There were no late summer news doldrums last week as the apparent conclusion of a civil war and a pair of natural disasters topped the news. The rebel takeover of Libya generated the biggest week of attention to that conflict in five months while an earthquake and a hurricane brought the media focus back to the Northeast United States.
Google, Motorola and Warren Buffett Drive Twitter Conversations
Last week, Google’s purchase of Motorola was big news on both Twitter and in the blogosphere. But Warren Buffet’s financial philosophy also scored high. On blogs, rumors about an upcoming iPhone model and discussion of various 2012 GOP candidates were prominent.