PublicationsAugust 20, 2007

No Story Dominates a Varied Week for News

With the news split between stories like the Utah Mine collapse and the resignation of Karl Rove, the leading topic in the media last week was he 2008 campaign, but only barely. And by week’s end the nations’ economic turbulence was grabbing headlines.

PublicationsAugust 16, 2007

The Distant Election Becomes the Big News on Talk Shows

The actual vote may be 15 months away, but a loaded campaign calendar helped make last week the biggest one so far for the 2008 presidential race in talk media. No other stories really came close. One of the biggest topics in all the talk: Democratic front runner Hillary Clinton.

PublicationsAugust 16, 2007

J-School Jobs Hit A Plateau

After a couple of years of bullish news, the new annual survey of 2006 journalism and communication graduates finds the job market leveling off. Still, despite sobering data on benefits and salaries as well, many of those choosing a career in an industry in turmoil seem pretty happy.

PublicationsAugust 13, 2007

Mine Collapse is Big News But Doesn’t Top the Campaign

The fate of six miners trapped 1,500 feet underground followed two storylines last week as rescuers rushed against time and the mine company owner took his case to the public. But three presidential debates and the Iowa straw poll pushed the 2008 presidential campaign in the top spot.

PublicationsAugust 9, 2007

How Did The Media React to Bonds’ Blast?

San Francisco Giant slugger Barry Bonds became baseball’s all-time home run king on Aug 7. But allegations of steroid use have triggered a fierce debate in the sports world over the meaning and validity of his record. A PEJ evaluation of the coverage in more than 40 newspapers sheds some light on the sportswriters’ response to Bonds’ feat.

PublicationsAugust 6, 2007

Minnesota Disaster One of the Top Stories of Year

The deadly collapse of the I-35W Bridge in Minneapolis last week quickly became one of the most heavily covered events of the year so far. And while it was the top story in every medium, coverage was particularly intense on cable TV, where officials, rescuers and even some victims told their stories.

PublicationsAugust 2, 2007

Hosts Debate the Debate as the Campaign Dominates

Format moved to the forefront of the Talk Show universe last week. The unusual CNN/YouTube Democratic debate inspired a good deal of talk show commentary. The hosts also found time to discuss an attorney general under stress, a quarterback under arrest, and actress under duress.

PublicationsAugust 1, 2007

Publisher Murdoch’s U.S. Track Record

With the drawn-out approval of Rupert Murdoch's bid for the Wall Street Journal finally in, attention turns to what he will make of the paper. Starting back in the early 70’s the global media magnate began investing in a series of American newspapers. How did those publications do? Here’s a scorecard.

PublicationsAugust 1, 2007

U.S. Daily Newspaper Circulation

The decline in overall newspaper circulation began in 1989, and has continued at a relatively stable pace of just under 1% a year mostly because the drop in evening circulation outpaced modest gains in the morning. But morning circulation plateaued in 2000 and has been ebbing ever since.

PublicationsJuly 30, 2007

The Media’s Summer of Terror Jitters Continues

The foreign policy sparring between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama helped make the 2008 campaign the biggest story last week. And Attorney General Alberto Gonzales’ troubles continue to make headlines. But what’s behind the recent outbreak of terrorism scares in mainstream news coverage?