PublicationsMarch 31, 2011

Sobering News for some Popular Papers

Given the growth of digital news audiences, newspapers can now attract readers with both the print product and the online version. But new data show that a number of papers saw their combined audience decline in 2010.

PublicationsMarch 9, 2011

Whatever Happened to the Health Care Debate?

It was a subject that captivated the U.S. media during the heated town hall confrontations in the summer of 2009 and generated major coverage as the legislative battle came to a head in early 2010. But since it became law, health care reform has had a difficult time generating headlines.

PublicationsMarch 2, 2011

The Press and the Protests

The continuing demonstrations and violence that have rippled through much of the Middle East and North Africa in the past two months have commanded the attention of the U.S. media. But in a story that has kept journalists moving from hot spot to hot spot, which countries have generated the most attention?

PublicationsFebruary 25, 2011

When State Issues Attract National Press

Much of the media attention last week was focused on Wisconsin where, in a story with national implications, unions battled the governor over his plan to curtail their collective bargaining rights. What other state house and state policy issues have attracted the press spotlight in recent years?

PublicationsFebruary 17, 2011

Taking the Media to Court

Former USDA official Shirley Sherrod recently filed suit against blogger and activist Andrew Breitbart for posting a deceptive clip of a speech that quickly led to a forced resignation. An analysis of 30 years of First Amendment cases reveals how media defendants tend to fare in such courtroom battles.

PublicationsFebruary 9, 2011

Dateline—Middle East

The recent turmoil in the Middle East has proved to be the biggest international story of the past four years—topping coverage of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and the earthquake in Haiti. How many of those stories were reported directly from Egypt and the surrounding region?  And which media sectors provided the most on-scene coverage?

PublicationsFebruary 2, 2011

A Slow Start to the “Media Primary”

At this time four years ago, the media were already tracking a 2008 presidential race that featured historic candidacies by Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. Thus far in 2011, coverage of the next presidential contest is virtually non-existent, accounting for about 10% of the attention it received in January 2007. PEJ looks at what a difference four years makes.

PublicationsJanuary 24, 2011

The U.S. Media on China

China dominated U.S. front pages this past week when Chinese President Hu Jintao visited Washington, D.C. The Project for Excellence in Journalism examines what other events and issues have put China on the U.S. media’s radar in the last four years.

PublicationsJanuary 5, 2011

When Pelosi Made News

This week, the first female Speaker of the House of Representatives relinquished her gavel as Republicans assumed control of that legislative body. But in the past two years, Pelosi—both as a legislator and political symbol— generated a substantial amount of coverage. PEJ looks at when and why Pelosi generated those headlines.

PublicationsDecember 21, 2010

A New Year of the Women?

Christine O’Donnell, Shirley Sherrod, and Elena Kagan jumped from near obscurity to household names in 2010. What other famous females were there this past year? The Project for Excellence in Journalism looks back at all the top ten women newsmakers of 2010.