PublicationsMay 24, 2012

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.

PublicationsMay 24, 2012

Pop Culture is King in Social Media

The naming of new celebrity judges for a popular reality show generated major attention in both the blogosphere and Twitterverse last week. And for the second week in a row, events related to the 2012 Mexican presidential election registered as the top news video on YouTube. 

PublicationsMay 22, 2012

Election Leads as Campaigns Go National

The Project for Excellence in Journalism did not publish a news index report this week. However, the data is available.

PublicationsMay 21, 2012

Facebook IPO Not Selling on Social Media

The Facebook IPO was a hot topic on blogs, Twitter and Facebook last week with doubts about the stock’s value exceeding bullishness on the investment.  And the topics of conversation—which ranged from Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s wedding to co-founder Eduardo Saverin’s citizenship—varied by social media platform.

PublicationsMay 17, 2012

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.

PublicationsMay 17, 2012

In Social Media, Support for Same-sex Marriage

During a week when North Carolina voters rejected same-sex marriage and President Obama endorsed it, the controversial issue inspired a passionate debate on blogs and Twitter. And in both social media platforms, those in favor of allowing gay couples to wed dominated those who were opposed.

PublicationsMay 15, 2012

Obama’s “Evolution” Leads the News

The Project for Excellence in Journalism did not publish a news index report this week. However, the data is available.

PublicationsMay 10, 2012

Bloggers Discuss Barack Obama’s Dating Life

An article that focused largely on the president’s relationships with some old girlfriends inspired bloggers to weigh in on both Obama and the article last week. On YouTube, protests in Malaysia calling for fair elections dominated the week’s most popular news videos.

PublicationsMay 9, 2012

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.

PublicationsMay 8, 2012

Drama of a Chinese Dissident Closely Trails Election

The Project for Excellence in Journalism did not publish a news index report this week. However, the data is available.