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.

PublicationsMay 7, 2012

Gingrich Bows Out as the General Election Battle Takes Shape

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich ended his presidential campaign with a final week of unflattering and relatively sparse coverage and Mitt Romney’s campaign narrative appeared to benefit from some high profile endorsements.

PublicationsMay 4, 2012

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.

PublicationsMay 3, 2012

Bloggers Debate the Treatment of Arab Women

A controversial column arguing that women are “hated” in the Arab world triggered an impassioned conversation in the blogosphere last week that included both warm praise and strident criticism. Another top subject on blogs included a tribute to a classic sports car.

PublicationsApril 29, 2012

Romney & Obama Eye November

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

PublicationsApril 26, 2012

Bloggers Speculate on Google Innovations

The impending release of Google Drive and looming changes at Google+ triggered a lively online discussion last week as bloggers generally seemed to welcome these new developments. On Twitter, it was another big week for pop stars while a tragic car accident in Japan registered as the most viewed news video.