News Index: Our Weekly Content Analysis
This section contains the complete archive of all the PEJ News Coverage Indexes. They are published below in chronological order, but our archive is also searchable. Use the key word search on the left to find reports about specific news events.
|Source: PEJ Research; Date Posted: April 5, 2010|
Amid good news on jobs, storms in the Northeast
and the arrest of a radical Christian militia, the news agenda was more
unusually diverse last week with eight different stories gaining substantial
|Source: PEJ Research; Date Posted: March 30, 2010|
|Health care reform received its highest level of media
coverage last week than at any time since the legislative battle began. That
made it the 18th biggest story in any week since PEJ began its real
time monitoring of the national media. And most of that coverage focused on the
political impact of the law.
|Source: PEJ Research; Date Posted: March 22, 2010|
After a year of passionate debate, health-care
reform dominated the news agenda last
week leading up to a key vote by the House of Representatives, with the media
focused on head counts, horse trading and the political calculus for
legislators. No other story came close, but the economy once again finished as
|Source: PEJ Research; Date Posted: March 16, 2010|
|For the third straight week, the Obama Administration’s renewed efforts to pass a health care bill topped the news agenda while the U.S. economy followed in the No. 2 slot. Ex-Congressman Eric Massa’s weird cable TV tour also generated attention. And troubled Toyota found itself in the news again, albeit this time with somewhat more sympathetic coverage.|
|Source: PEJ Research; Date Posted: March 8, 2010|
|The media last week were focused squarely on politicians. While Obama’s health care gamble was the top story, Jim Bunning’s quixotic Senate crusade, a Texas gubernatorial primary and the resignation of a powerful House committee chairman were also big news. The only non-politics story in the top five was the tragedy in Chile.
|Source: PEJ Research; Date Posted: March 1, 2010|
|With the legislative process stalled in recent weeks, the media turned away from health care reform. But President Obama’s much-awaited February 25 summit meeting changed that. Meanwhile, a modicum of bipartisanship on Capitol Hill fueled coverage of the economy and a mea culpa before Congress put Toyota in the headlines.
|Source: PEJ Research; Date Posted: February 22, 2010|
|The economy was the top story last week, but it faced stiff competition from U.S. medals in Vancouver, fighting in Afghanistan, a retiring senator in Indiana and an attack on the IRS in Texas. And then there was Tiger.
|Source: PEJ Research; Date Posted: February 16, 2010|
|With its wintry TV tableaus, last week’s massive snowstorms topped a news agenda tilted toward the nation’s Capitol. Not only did Washington D.C. bear the brunt of the snow’s wallop, but Beltway-based battles over the jobs and health care came next in the roster of leading stories.
|Source: PEJ Research; Date Posted: February 10, 2010|
|For the second week in a row, the actions of President Obama fueled substantial coverage of the state of the U.S. economy. Toyota’s mounting problems and a controversial kidnapping case in Haiti also helped propel those subjects onto the roster of top stories.
|Source: PEJ Research; Date Posted: February 1, 2010|
|Coverage of the President’s prime-time speech and assessments of his stewardship in office dominated the news agenda last week. Meanwhile, news about the economy, events in Haiti and trouble for Toyota filled out the roster of top stories. And attention to one of the week’s top newsmakers varied dramatically on cable news.