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.

PublicationsApril 26, 2012

The Media Stayed with the Trayvon Martin Story

After a slow start, coverage of the shooting of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin generated the most sustained substantial coverage of any race-related story that PEJ has studied since it began tracking news in 2007. Here is how that coverage compares with other major news events that had a strong racial component.

PublicationsApril 23, 2012

How the Media Covered the 2012 Primary Campaign

As the 2012 presidential race shifts from the GOP primary battle to the general election matchup between Mitt Romney and Barack Obama, a new PEJ study reveals what the public has been told about the two candidates by the media.  It also finds that Mitt Romney emerged as the winner of the media primary weeks before Rick Santorum dropped out.

PublicationsApril 22, 2012

General Election Takes Shape

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