PublicationsDecember 29, 2007

Presidential Race Remains Top Story

The Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism did not publish a full Weekly News Index report for December 23-28, 2007. PEJ is, however, making the data available.

PublicationsDecember 17, 2007

Mike Huckabee Gets His Media Close-Up

The unlikely surge of former Arkansas Governor helped generate the biggest week of coverage for the presidential campaign so far in 2007. But as Huckabee is learning, some media attention is more welcome than others. Plus, the Mitchell report turns steroid abuse in baseball into a front-page story—some might say at long last.

PublicationsDecember 10, 2007

A Nuclear Surprise Puts Iran in the News

For most of the year, the American media have been far more preoccupied with the war in Iraq than with growing tensions between the U.S. and Iran. But last week, a new intelligence report sparked a heated debate over policy toward the leadership in Tehran.

PublicationsDecember 3, 2007

Rock ’em, Sock ’em Republicans Fuel Big Week of Campaign Coverage

The increasingly heated exchanges between Rudy Giuliani and Mitt Romney helped make the race for the White House the top story last week in PEJ’s Index of the news. On the Democratic side, a former President generated a good chunk of the coverage, and it wasn’t all good. That, plus a football murder case.

PublicationsNovember 19, 2007

Gotcha and Mini-Scandals Fuel the Year’s Biggest Campaign Week

Planted questions, the B-word, and an embarrassing indictment were all fodder for journalists covering the revved up race for the White House last week. In Pakistan, a national crisis turns personal in the media. And cable news’ favorite celebrity defendant.

PublicationsNovember 12, 2007

Turmoil in Pakistan Grabs the Media’s Attention

With the exception of the war in Iraq, international affairs tend not to generate major media interest. But General Pervez Musharraf’s Nov. 3 declaration of emergency rule in Pakistan proved to be a dramatic exception to that rule—and there may be several disquieting reasons why.

PublicationsNovember 5, 2007

Obama, Huckabee, and a Feisty Philly Face Off

The presidential race was easily the biggest story in the media last week. But while much of the coverage focused on the attacks on Hillary Clinton at the Democrats’ Drexel University debate, the press also reassessed several other candidates.

PublicationsOctober 29, 2007

“California Burning” is the Second-biggest Story of 2007

The wildfires that raged in Southern California last week featured numerous tales of bravery, tragedy, and plenty of missing pets. But one reason the disaster became such a major story was that journalists couldn’t resist raising the comparison—fair or not—with the 2005 fiasco on the Gulf Coast.

PublicationsOctober 22, 2007

Web Sites Key on Pakistan, Networks Focus on Germs

What did last week’s flare up of violence in Pakistan, the scary news about a deadly “superbug,” and the ideological skirmishes among presidential hopefuls have in common? They were all top stories, but each seemed more suited for a different media sector.

PublicationsOctober 15, 2007

Violent Crime Captures the Headlines

While crime coverage may seem like a staple of our news diet, last week was actually unusual in that three frightening stories of random violence generated coverage—with two making the top-10 story list. When it comes to crime however, the media attention span is usually short-lived.