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: June 5, 2011|
Bad economic news became a political story last
week as analysts evaluated the impact on President Obama’s fortunes. Sarah
Palin’s bus tour drew as much attention as Mitt Romney’s presidential announcement
with the campaign generating its highest level of coverage yet. And two
political scandals provoked much speculation and one indictment.
|Source: PEJ Research; Date Posted: May 30, 2011|
outbreak of violent spring storms proved to be the biggest weather story in
PEJ’s four years of tracking news coverage. An election in New York State
turned into a major economic story and the prospect of a Palin candidacy helped
drive coverage of the 2012 presidential campaign last week.
|Source: PEJ Research; Date Posted: May 22, 2011|
It was a diverse news week that started off with
the arrest of the IMF chief, but ended with the media focused on strained U.S.-Israel
relations and the problems with the GOP presidential field. Meanwhile,
attention to the aftermath of the bin Laden raid continued to diminish
|Source: PEJ Research; Date Posted: May 14, 2011|
The fallout from the killing of Osama bin Laden
continued to generate the most attention of any story in the mainstream media last
week, though coverage fell off substantially. On cable news, where politics
often dictates news agenda, the level of attention varied widely: CNN devoted
the most attention to the story and Fox gave it the least.
|Source: PEJ Research; Date Posted: May 8, 2011|
|The killing of Osama bin Laden accounted for more than two-thirds of all news coverage last week as the media spent much of it trying to piece together exactly what happened in that compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. And that proved to be an ever-changing and evolving narrative. |
|Source: PEJ Research; Date Posted: April 30, 2011|
|A natural disaster at home, a royal wedding
abroad and the release of a birth certificate were all among the big news-making
events from April 25-May 1. News about the economy and violence in the Middle
East vied for attention too. But all that changed abruptly in the week’s waning
|Source: PEJ Research; Date Posted: April 24, 2011|
The fighting in the Mideast, and especially
Libya, topped the news last week, narrowly ahead of the U.S. economy. But
perhaps the most interesting development was the emergence of the presidential
campaign as a major story—thanks in large part to one controversial
|Source: PEJ Research; Date Posted: April 16, 2011|
For a second week in a row, the media focused on the economy and away
from foreign affairs. Last week, driven by a Presidential speech, the
government shutdown was replaced with a larger debate about national fiscal
priorities. Lurking in the background was the 2012 presidential race, a story
that gave tycoon and Obama birth certificate skeptic Donald Trump a platform of
|Source: PEJ Research; Date Posted: April 10, 2011|
|The media narrative moved from overseas to the Beltway last week as budget battles trumped press interest in Libyan fighting and Japanese nuclear worries. The question is whether a long run of dominant international news will now give way to ongoing coverage of domestic concerns.
|Source: PEJ Research; Date Posted: April 3, 2011|
|In a week in which the president defended his Libya policy to the American public, the Middle East again topped the news agenda. But coverage of that subject and the aftermath of the Japanese earthquake tailed off a bit last week as both crises defied any quick resolution.