November 19, 2001

Before and After

Hard News Celebrity News Crime/Law/ Courts Business/ Economy Science & Technology Lifestyle
1977 0.673 0.02 0.08 0.055 0.035 0.135
1987 0.583 0.033 0.068 0.111 0.045 0.162
1997 0.413 0.077 0.13 0.074 0.058 0.248
Jun. 2001 0.455 0.047 0.117 0.141 0.042 0.197
Oct. 2001 0.802 0.035 0.045 0.109 0.01

Between 1977 and 1997, the news agenda of the three network evening newscasts became what journalists would traditionally call "softer."