PublicationsNovember 1, 2002

Local TV News Project

The chart shows the percentage of stations in each quality grade improving in "key" demographics.

PublicationsMay 23, 2002

The Not-So-New Television News Landscape

In the first four months of 2002, the shock of the terror attacks of September 11th began to taper off, and network evening news returned to a news diet similar to that before the crisis.

PublicationsApril 16, 2002

How Story Length Changes During Newscasts

Based on PEJ Local TV Project research. This chart shows the average story length, in seconds, of each story in a newscast depending on its placement in the program (e.g., as the first story, second story, etc.).

PublicationsJanuary 28, 2002

Return to Normalcy?

After a marked caution after the attacks of September 11th, the media moved somewhat more in the direction of analysis, opinion and speculation in November and December 2001.

PublicationsJanuary 28, 2002

Return to Normalcy?

Newspapers stood out for consistently high levels of factulness in their early coverage of the war on terror after September 11th.

PublicationsJanuary 28, 2002

Return to Normalcy?

Television news became less factual and more speculative in covering the war on terror in November 2001, but pulled back again some in December.

PublicationsJanuary 28, 2002

Return to Normalcy?

The initial coverage of the war on terror after September 11th was more factual and less speculative and analytical than the press of the Clinton Lewinsky scandal in its early days. 

PublicationsJanuary 28, 2002

Return to Normalcy?

The press coverage of the Clinton scandal in March 1998, a period that was not as speculative as earlier, was actually more factual in tone than coverage of the war on terror in the months after September 11th.

PublicationsJanuary 28, 2002

Return to Normalcy?

The viewpoints expressed in coverage of the war on terror after September 11th were mostly positive, at most mixed, but not often negative when it came to the Bush Admnistration's policies.

PublicationsJanuary 28, 2002

Return to Normalcy?

Coverage in newspapers became somewhat more skeptical of the Bush Administration policies in the months after September 11th.