PublicationsOctober 15, 2009

Swine Flu in the Spotlight

The H1N1 virus, or the swine flu as it is widely known, was back in the news last week as the first doses of the vaccine were made available to the public. How has the level of coverage of the flu pandemic compared to media attention to other serious diseases in 2009?

PublicationsOctober 13, 2009

For the First Time, Afghanistan Tops the Week’s News

It was a war that often had trouble breaking into the headlines. But in recent months, with President Obama facing a crucial decision over whether to escalate U.S. involvement, coverage of Afghanistan increased noticeably. And last week, as the policy debate intensified, the story dominated finally the news.

PublicationsOctober 8, 2009

A Celebrity Crime Case Spurs Outrage in the Blogosphere

The arrest of Roman Polanski dominated the blogosphere last week, with online commentators overwhelmingly condemning the filmmaker for the crime he committed three decades ago. And a CNN sparring match between anchor Wolf Blitzer and filmmaker Michael Moore was among the week’s most viewed YouTube news videos.

PublicationsOctober 7, 2009

When Mother Nature Becomes a Story

Three overseas natural disasters showed up in the U.S. news agenda last week, with two of them making the roster of top 10 stories.  Which other destructive storms and natural catastrophes have registered as major newsmakers in 2009?

PublicationsOctober 5, 2009

Covering the Great Recession

The economic downturn has made headlines for months. How has the press covered the gravest financial crisis since the Great Depression? What elements of the economic story make the most news? Who is driving the coverage? PEJ addresses these questions and more in a new report on press coverage of the economy.

PublicationsOctober 5, 2009

An Overseas Focus Drives the News Agenda

Health care and the economy generated coverage last week, but the news agenda highlighted three geopolitical problems facing President Obama—negotiating with Iran, fighting in Afghanistan and trying to convince the IOC to bring the Olympics to the U.S.

PublicationsOctober 1, 2009

Terror Cases in the News

Najibullah Zazi—the man recently indicted on charges of planning a terrorist attack on American soil—has become a household name and the focus of major media attention. What other alleged terror plots have generated significant coverage in the past few years?

PublicationsOctober 1, 2009

Afghanistan and a Charge of Racism Lead the Blogs

Bloggers last week returned to two issues that generated interest in recent weeks. For the second time in a month, Afghanistan led the news in the blogosphere. And musician Dave Matthews sparked a second round of heated online debate with some comments about racism. On Twitter, for this week at least, the focus moved beyond Twitter itself.

PublicationsSeptember 28, 2009

For a Change, Foreign Policy Drives the News

For one week at least, the battle over health care reform and the troubled U.S. economy faded in the news. Instead, a series of daunting overseas challenges, highlighted by a surprise announcement about Iranian nukes, drove the press narrative.

PublicationsSeptember 24, 2009

Which Lawmakers are also Headline Makers?

The fallout from his outburst during President Obama’s recent health care speech helped make South Carolina Congressman Joe Wilson a household name. Which other elected officials on Capitol Hill have generated major coverage in 2009, and why?