PublicationsDecember 30, 2009

Bloggers Track the Nuances of the Health Care Debate

During a Christmas week when the Senate passed its version of health care reform, social media devoted more attention to the subject than it had at any time this year. Bloggers also focused on an international grassroots campaign. On Twitter, a Blackberry outage led the way, while on YouTube, questions about the attack on the Italian Prime Minister drew significant attention.

PublicationsDecember 28, 2009

Health Care Coverage Dominates the News

The Project for Excellence in Journalism did not issue a News Index report this week, but the data is available.

PublicationsDecember 22, 2009

Health Care Leads the Week, But Economy and Climate Stay Strong

Due to inclement weather, the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism is not publishing a full Weekly News Index report for December 14 – 20. PEJ is, however, making the data available.  

PublicationsDecember 17, 2009

Global Warming Debate Rages on in Social Media

Last week, bloggers gave more attention to the subject of global warming than at any time this year. And while skeptics continued to focus on “Climate-gate,” defenders were more vocal than in previous weeks. On Twitter, the growing Tiger Woods scandal earned the most attention. And on YouTube, a feisty exchange between the White House press secretary and a reporter was the most viewed news video.

PublicationsDecember 14, 2009

Economy and Health Lead but Climate Change Gains Attention

The economy and health care continued to lead the news last week as they have so often in recent months. But global warming, thanks in part to a controversy over emails, received a record level of coverage.

PublicationsDecember 10, 2009

A Minaret Ban and “Climate-gate” Stir Online Discussions

A vote in Switzerland to ban the construction of Muslim minarets and controversies over global warming research led conversations in the blogosphere last week. On Twitter, it was a story about a local billboard campaign with unintended consequences. And on YouTube, a pop singer made her second appearance in recent weeks.

PublicationsDecember 7, 2009

Afghanistan Dominates While Two Scandals Fascinate

The President’s long-awaited decision on how to wage war in Afghanistan was the No. 1 story last week, surpassing coverage of the two big domestic issues—the economy and health care. But a scandal-scorched athlete and some White House party crashers found their way into the top stories as well.

PublicationsDecember 3, 2009

A Court Martial Fuels Anger in the Blogosphere

Charges against U.S. servicemen who captured one of the most wanted men in Iraq drew major attention from the blogosphere last week. A controversial singer was the hottest topic on Twitter. And a YouTube video intended to paint an unflattering portrait of Sarah Palin supporters was viewed more than 1 million times.

PublicationsNovember 30, 2009

Economic News Eclipses Afghanistan and Health Care

The Project for Excellence in Journalism did not issue a News Index report this week, but the data is available.

PublicationsNovember 23, 2009

Public Policy (and Palin) Drive the Week’s News

A Senate health care bill, new jobless numbers, a recommendation on breast cancer screening, and a presidential visit to China made the roster of top stories in a crowded news week. But perhaps no subject stirred as much media sturm and drang as Sarah Palin’s high-profile book tour.