The XMAS Retail Story – Bah Humbug!
Holiday season stories typically focus on travel, good deeds and crowded stores. But this year, the economic crisis has dropped a lump of coal into the media’s seasonal narrative. How does 2008 holiday coverage compare to last year?
Embattled Lieberman Is Hill's Top Newsmaker
The big election news, of course, was the historic victory of Barack Obama. But that doesn’t mean the legislative branch of government didn’t make some headlines of its own. In the month since Election Day, which Congressional figures found themselves most often in the headlines?
What Cable Channels Are Covering After the Election
No media sector spent more time and energy covering the Presidential race in 2008 than the cable news networks. Now that the voters have spoken, how are the big three cable news outlets filling their airtime these days?
Tracking the Battle Over Same-Sex Marriage in the News
On Nov. 4, Californians voted for Proposition 8, which banned same-sex marriages in their state. That vote reversed a May California Supreme Court ruling allowing gay couples to wed. The press has followed the shifting tides of the same-sex marriage debate in California. Which key events made the most news?
What Sports Made The Biggest News in 2008
What was the biggest sports event of the year so far—those significant enough to jump from the sports pages to the front pages, from ESPN to Nightly News? The World Series may be bigger than many expect.
The Meltdown and the Media
The U.S. economy may be facing its greatest turmoil since the Great Depression, and the financial meltdown is proving to be a complex story for journalists. What aspects of the crisis are media outlets spending the most time on?
Numbers Show Radio Talkers Like To Talk About Themselves
Talk radio is a format chock full of opinion, monologues, and the frequent use of first person pronouns. How often do talk radio hosts make themselves part of the story? And who else do they discuss?
Headlines of the Rich, Famous, and Infamous
O.J. Simpson’s robbery and kidnapping conviction last week came after a trial that generated far less coverage than his 1995 murder case. But it was enough to keep the former football star in the media’s sights. What other celebrities made major news in the past twelve months? And why?
The Palin Phenomenon
In the period that stretched from her introduction as John McCain’s running mate to the run-up to this week’s vice-presidential debate, Sarah Palin generated an extraordinary amount of media attention. In fact, when it comes to making headlines, no one has topped the Alaska Governor.
The Market Meltdown
The week of Sept. 15-21 was dominated by news of perhaps the nation’s biggest fiscal crisis since the Great Depression. With Washington, Wall Street, and Main Street all affected, which elements of the financial crisis generated the most headlines?