PublicationsApril 7, 2010

Russia News in U.S. Media

The recent terror attacks in the Moscow subway system attracted significant attention from U.S. news media. But other Russian news in recent years made even bigger headlines. What events have put the country in the media spotlight and how did the coverage compare to the subway bombings?

PublicationsApril 1, 2010

The Race for Media Coverage

The November 2010 midterm elections have already become a major news story. Numerous retirements have left key seats open, and now, and both Democrats and Republican hope the heath care bill will win them support in November. Which candidates and politicians have generated attention in the early run-up to the 2010 midterm election?

PublicationsMarch 24, 2010

When Overseas Elections Make News

Just as coverage in general of Iraq has diminished in the mainstream media, the country’s March 7 elections—vital to its future and U.S. interests—attracted only modest press interest. That puts it well behind the amount of coverage that important elections in Iran and Afghanistan have generated. What other international balloting has ended up on the U.S. media’s radar screen?

PublicationsMarch 17, 2010

Bad News for Online News

Online news sites are increasingly the way the public gets its news and information. But despite the increasing traffic, advertising dollars are not following suit.  As the PEJ’s new State of the News Media report reveals, 2009 was a difficult year for the Web news business model.

PublicationsMarch 10, 2010

Three Years, Three Stories

Three stories—the Iraq War, the 2008 election, and the U.S. economy—have dominated the news agenda since PEJ began tracking coverage in 2007.  How have those stories ebbed and flowed over time? And look for more of PEJ’s analysis of 2009 news coverage in its newest annual report on the health of American journalism, the State of the News Media 2010.

PublicationsMarch 3, 2010

The Olympic News Count–Vancouver Was No Beijing

The 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver—which included tragedy, triumph and a classic hockey game—attracted significant news coverage during the 17-day competition. But it couldn’t match the media attention paid to the summer games in Beijing China two years ago. A range of differences emerge in coverage of the two events.

PublicationsFebruary 24, 2010

When Infidelity Makes Headlines

Tiger Wood’s televised and scrutinized mea culpa ended up as the sixth-biggest story for the week of February 14-21. But he’s not the only public figure to have generated major news for infidelity indiscretions. Which of those episodes have generated the most mainstream media coverage in recent years? And who was involved?

PublicationsFebruary 18, 2010

When Snow, Sleet and Slush Make Big News

The recent two-punch storm that set the record for annual snowfall in Washington D.C. led the news agenda last week, in part because it brought the nation’s capital to a screeching halt. That transformed “Snowmaggedon” into the single biggest weekly winter storm story measured by PEJ’s News Coverage Index. What other winter blasts generated major media attention and how do they compare?

PublicationsFebruary 3, 2010

Who Made Headlines on Capitol Hill?

Several lawmakers central to the health care battle were among the most prominently covered legislative newsmakers in 2009—including the late senator closely most associated with the issue. What other members of Congress found themselves in the news last year? And why?

PublicationsJanuary 27, 2010

Barack Obama — News Coverage of His First Year

At the start of President Barack Obama’s tenure, the country was fighting two wars, suffering major economic problems at home, and had high hopes for its new president. Looking back at his first year in office, which topics did the media most frequently cover in association with Obama?