March 6, 1998

Emphasis of Front Page Newspaper Stories, by Year

1977 1987 1997
Policy/Ideas 6.1% 11.0% 8.4%
Political Process 0.4% 2.5% 2.7%
War and Peace 1.9% 7.4% 6.4%
Political Strategy 4.2% 6.4% 6.7%
Update Analysis 13.4% 6.2% 7.6%
Historical Outlook 0.4% 1.4% 1.1%
Personality 1.5% 3.5% 4.9%
Scandal 3.8% 14.9% 11.6%
Quality of Life 4.0% 7.4% 8.0%
Public Fear 0.8% 2.1% 1.1%
Bizarrre 0.4% 0.4% 4.4%
Human Interest 1.7% 3.5% 6.4%
Straight News 61.6% 33.1% 30.7%

Straight news declined sharply as the emphasis of newspaper front page stories between 1977 and 1997.