Where Journalists Risk Their Lives to Report
The violence in Syria continues to escalate, and with it comes an uptick in victims who are there to report on the conflict. PEJ looks at how the country’s current civil war ranks among other conflicts in recent years when it comes to journalism casualties.
On Twitter, Mixed Reviews for Opening Night at the Olympics
The July 27 opening night extravaganza from the London Olympics produced a big response on Twitter. But social media users offered a wide array of opinions—ranging from kudos to pans to confusion about what they were seeing. NBC, the U.S. broadcaster of the games, didn’t escape criticism either.
As the Ratings War Intensifies, What Sets Morning News Apart?
The recent hiring of Today show anchor Savannah Guthrie highlights the intense competition for viewers in the morning news world. PEJ looks at how those network morning shows differ from their evening counterparts when it comes to the news agenda.
When Euro Zone Woes Make the News
Media attention to the continuing financial problems within the European Union spiked last week as Greece contemplated withdrawing from the organization. PEJ examines how and when the U.S. media have covered this ongoing story in the past 12 months and how that coverage compares to other subjects.
This Time Around, Less News from the Campaign
The 2008 nomination battles won by Barack Obama and John McCain fueled extensive presidential campaign coverage in the early part of that year. So far in 2012, the press is paying considerably less attention to the race for the White House, according to a PEJ analysis.
One Year After bin Laden’s Death, a Political Slant to the Story
The one-year anniversary of the assault on the al Qaeda leader’s compound in Pakistan generated significant coverage last week in the mainstream media. A PEJ examination of that coverage finds that the biggest component was actually related to U.S. domestic politics.
Twitter Conversation about Student Loans is More Personal, Less Political
The Beltway debate over student loan rates was among the top stories in the mainstream media last week, with much of that focus on the political skirmishing. But on Twitter last week, more of the conversation was about the need to keep the rates low and their impact on students.
The Media Stayed with the Trayvon Martin Story
After a slow start, coverage of the shooting of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin generated the most sustained substantial coverage of any race-related story that PEJ has studied since it began tracking news in 2007. Here is how that coverage compares with other major news events that had a strong racial component.
What Happened to Coverage of the “Arab Spring?”
Slightly over a year ago, turmoil across the Middle East became one of the biggest stories in the U.S. media. Today, although unrest and political uncertainty continue to ripple throughout the region, the media’s interest in the story has virtually vanished.
The Health Care Debate is Back in the News
The once raging health care debate resurfaced as major news last week thanks to crucial Supreme Court hearings. But that comes after nearly two years when the topic generated only modest to minimal attention. A PEJ report looks at the ups and downs of health care coverage.