March 6, 1998

Subject of Stories by Year

1977 1987 1997
Traditional Stories 66.3% 62.3% 48.9%
–Government 34.3% 31.5% 21.2%
–Military 1.4% 1.3% 1.7%
–Domestic Affairs 8.4% 7.7% 9.3%
–Foreign Affairs 22.2% 21.8% 16.7%
Feature Stoires 5.1% 6.8% 11.1%
–Entertainment/ Celebrity 2.0% 2.8% 3.7%
–Lifestyle 2.7% 2.9% 4.2%
–Celebrity Crime 0.4% 1.1% 3.2%
Personal Health 0.7% 0.6% 3.5%
Crime 8.4% 6.1% 11.4%
Business/ Commerce 6.6% 8.8% 6.8%
Science 2.7% 4.6% 5.9%
Religion 0.5% 3.1% 3.7%
Disasters (Natural/ Manmade) 8.0% 4.1% 5.7%
Other 1.7% 3.7% 3.0%

Traditional topics (Government, Military, Domestic Affairs and Foreign Affairs) lost space to Feature topics (Entertainment, Lifestyle, Celebrity Crime) in the news media between 1977 and 1997.