PublicationsAugust 25, 2008

It’s All Veepstakes All the Time

The critical policy issues, and almost every other element of the campaign, took a back seat to the vice-presidential selection process last week. The only other story to really break through was a flap that arose after John McCain had trouble keeping track of his real estate.

PublicationsAugust 22, 2008

The Media’s Olympics

The Beijing Olympics gave media an opportunity to report on the athletic competition and life inside the world’s most-populous nation. What—and who—got covered? Were there differences by media? And how did that differ from coverage abroad?

PublicationsAugust 20, 2008

The Bhutto Factor

The resignation of Pakistani President and U.S. ally Pervez Musharraf is generating headlines this week. But in general, the U.S. media have not devoted significant coverage to Pakistan—with one notable exception.

PublicationsAugust 20, 2008

The How vs. Where of News Consumption

A new Pew Research Center survey finds people using various traditional media at historically low levels. But the more telling findings here are not where people get news but how. In a commentary, PEJ Director Tom Rosenstiel sees the outlines of a new “On Demand” Media Culture.

PublicationsAugust 18, 2008

Tracking the Economic Slowdown

The story of the troubled U.S. economy has proven a hard one for journalists to tell. How have the media covered the slump? How timely was the reporting? Did the media influence public attitudes?

PublicationsAugust 18, 2008

War in Georgia is Bigger News than the Campaign

Last week, for the first time this year, an event other than the race for president was the No. 1 story. The crisis with Russia was the top story and campaign theme in a week when Barack Obama got more coverage, but John McCain may have gotten the better of it.

PublicationsAugust 14, 2008

How TV News Played the Edwards Scandal

When the ex-presidential hopeful admitted to an extramarital affair that had long been alleged by a supermarket tabloid, it became a big story for the rest of the media. But the immediate reactions from cable news and the broadcast networks were quite different.

PublicationsAugust 11, 2008

Once Again, It’s Obama Versus Clinton

One week after sharing headlines equally with John McCain, Barack Obama again dominated the news last week. And even as McCain and Obama sparred over energy, the old question of what do the Clintons want generated major coverage.

PublicationsAugust 7, 2008

Amid Layoffs and Cutbacks, Communication Grads Find Jobs

A new University of Georgia survey of recent degree recipients finds that despite the growing economic ills of the media industry, the job market for 2007 graduates was basically unchanged from a year earlier. And sometimes, the absence of bad news can be good news.

PublicationsAugust 6, 2008

Which Scandals Make Big News?

Last week, the indictment of seven-term Alaska Senator Ted Stevens was a major story. But he’s not the only politician to have found himself in the headlines for the wrong reasons. Here’s a rundown of the most heavily covered scandals involving public officials in the past two years.