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: November 1, 2010|
|Attention to the crucial midterm congressional elections reached new heights last week, accounting for nearly half the overall news coverage. The top stories also included the economy, a new terror plot, the conflict in Afghanistan and fresh revelations about the BP oil disaster that dominated coverage in the summer.
|Source: PEJ Research; Date Posted: October 25, 2010|
|Thanks to polls, prognosticators and personal
attacks, the congressional election cycle galvanized the news media last week.
The economy finished as the No. 2 story, with the foreclosure crisis once again
driving the narrative. And a noteworthy news industry firing, that of NPR’s
Juan Williams, triggered an impassioned journalistic and political debate.
|Source: PEJ Research; Date Posted: October 18, 2010|
|Thanks to some bruising campaigns and controversial remarks, the 2010 midterms led the mainstream news agenda again last week as an outspoken gubernatorial candidate moved to the center of the narrative. And the happy conclusion to the story of the 33 trapped Chilean miners, captured on live television, finished as a strong No. 2 subject.
|Source: PEJ Research; Date Posted: October 12, 2010|
This fall’s big story—the 2010 midterm elections—showed little sign of
abating last week as some heated campaigns sparked much of the media’s interest.
Faulty foreclosure procedures helped make the troubled economy the No. 2 story,
while the passing of a milestone in Afghanistan drove coverage of the
|Source: PEJ Research; Date Posted: October 4, 2010|
As the campaign for control of Congress
entered its final month, election news once again dominated the headlines—overshadowing
almost everything else. Some housing news drove coverage of the economy while President
Obama’s suggestion to lengthen the school year helped make education one of the
week’s top stories.
|Source: PEJ Research; Date Posted: September 27, 2010|
|With balloting little more than a month away, the 2010 congressional elections again topped the media agenda as a good chunk of that narrative focused on the power and potential of the tea party. And one factor that will clearly influence the outcome on election night, the state of the U.S. economy, was the No. 2 topic.
|Source: PEJ Research; Date Posted: September 20, 2010|
|In a year of attention-grabbing election surprises, nothing generated as
much media interest as Delaware’s GOP Senate race last week. The troubled
economy attracted significant coverage as well, but this time the focus was on
tax cuts rather than employment figures. And education issues made a rare
appearance on the list of PEJ’s top-five stories last week.
|Source: PEJ Research; Date Posted: September 13, 2010|
|A pastor’s plan to commemorate the Sept. 11 terror attacks by burning the Islamic holy book, and an imam’s desire to build a community center near the site of one of those attacks, generated significant media attention during a week of 9/11 remembrances.
|Source: PEJ Research; Date Posted: September 7, 2010|
|In a busy news week, a massive storm that landed only a glancing blow on the U.S. East Coast was the No. 1 story. Another frightening situation that ended without more disastrous consequences, the Discovery Channel hostage drama, also finished among the top stories. And a formal change in the U.S. role in Iraq generated a rare burst of coverage in that subject.
|Source: PEJ Research; Date Posted: August 30, 2010|
With the spate of primary races testing the power of the
Tea Party movement, the mid-term elections topped the news, but a Katrina
anniversary and the faltering economy were close behind. Meanwhile, the New
York mosque controversy quieted but didn’t vanish last week.