March 6, 1998

Subjects of Front Page Newspaper Stories, by Year

1977 1987 1997
Government 33.0% 32.9% 29.3%
Foreign Affairs 26.7% 26.7% 20.9%
Military 0.8% 2.5% 0.4%
Domestic Affairs 8.6% 9.3% 14.4%
Entertainment/ Celebrity 0.4% 1.7% 1.6%
Lifestyle 1.5% 2.3% 3.8%
Celebrity Crime 0.0% 0.0% 1.1%
Personal Health 1.3% 0.0% 0.9%
Crime 9.2% 6.2% 10.4%
Business/ Commerce 8.4% 5.6% 5.1%
Science 0.6% 4.5% 4.7%
Religion 0.6% 2.5% 1.1%
Disaster 7.3% 3.1% 2.0%
Other 1.6% 2.9% 3.6%

Newspaper front pages grew less focused on Government and Foreign Affairs between 1977 and 1997, while they devoted more space to Domestic Affairs and Crime.