War in Mexico Gets Little Media Attention
In the five years since Calderon began to crack down on the cartels, the violence in Mexico has claimed the lives of nearly 40,000 people—including 45 journalists. But the story has generated little attention in the U.S. media. How does coverage of the Mexican drug war compare to other issues along the border as well as other international affairs?
Controversies, Not Commemorations, Make 9/11 News
Sunday September 11 is the tenth anniversary of the terrorist attacks on New York and Washington. PEJ examines which issues relating to 9/11 have attracted the most media attention in the past five years.
Little Coverage of Sub-Saharan Africa
The East African drought and famine has affected 12 million people in the Horn of Africa. But the crisis has generated very little attention in the U.S. media. PEJ investigates the coverage of this crisis as well as other events in Sub-Saharan Africa.
National Economy a Washington Story?
The ongoing national economic crisis has remained a major topic in the news since the market crash in 2008. But which economic topics have been highest on the media agenda in 2011? And which have been lower? PEJ examines this year’s economic coverage.
Are the Media Ignoring Ron Paul?
After a strong second-place showing in the Iowa straw poll, Ron Paul and his supporters accused the press of giving short shrift to his candidacy. PEJ examines how much coverage the presidential and potential presidential candidates have received in 2011 and where Paul ranks on the list.
Gabrielle Giffords’ Year in the News
After President Obama, the top newsmaker among politicians and public officials this year is a congresswoman who survived a deadly shooting spree in January. What other figures have generated significant media attention thus far in 2011 and why have they been in the headlines?
The Debt Debate, the Media, and Political Risk
The rancorous debt ceiling debate has been an increasingly large news topic as the August 2 deadline draws nearer. If the showdown in part involves a game of assigning blame, which political figures has the media focused on most as the debates continue?
FNC trails far behind rivals in Murdoch coverage
The scandal rocking Rupert Murdoch’s media empire—as well as the highest circles of British politics and law enforcement—has been a major story in the U.S. news media for two weeks. But how has Murdoch’s cable news channel here covered the story? A PEJ examination has some answers.
When Verdicts Make Headlines
Last week’s not guilty outcome in the Casey Anthony murder trial generated major media attention, registering as the No. 2 story of the week. How does coverage of that decision compare to other high-profile court cases since PEJ began the News Coverage Index more than four years ago?
Return of Foreign News?
In the first half of 2011, foreign events weighed heavily in the U.S. news media agenda. The Arab Spring, Japan tsunami, and the death of Osama bin Laden were just some of the issues making foreign news so big. How does the coverage of these foreign issues compare to international coverage the last four years?