PublicationsJune 23, 2010

Datelines from a Disaster

It has been more than nine weeks since oil began gushing in the Gulf of Mexico, triggering America’s biggest oil spill and an environmental disaster. And in that time period, the story has dominated the mainstream news agenda, topping every other subject. One other element that distinguishes the BP saga coverage is where that reporting is coming from.

PublicationsJune 21, 2010

Six Things to Know About Health Care Coverage

The drive for health care reform legislation proved to be the most passionate and polarizing policy fight of Barack Obama’s first year in office, with the public and Congress deeply divided over the initiative. And much of that battle played out through a changing media universe. A new PEJ study, examining 10 months of health care stories, identifies some of the key elements of that coverage.

PublicationsJune 21, 2010

The Gulf Disaster Becomes a Beltway Story

Damage control in Washington overtook damage control in the Gulf of Mexico as the BP oil spill generated its biggest week of media coverage since the April 20 rig explosion that triggered the disaster. The narrative was driven, in large part, by a president who spoke to the nation and an oil executive who took a pounding from Congress.

PublicationsJune 17, 2010

The Flotilla Fallout Leads the Blogosphere Again

Even as the story died down in the mainstream media last week, bloggers continued to debate the Israeli interdiction of a Turkish supply ship that left nine people dead. On Twitter, the focus on computer giant Apple continued. And on YouTube, a startling car accident drew more than three million hits.

PublicationsJune 16, 2010

The BP Spill Leads the Disaster List

It has been more than eight weeks since the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded and began leaking enormous amounts of oil into the Gulf or Mexico. In recent weeks, this environmental and economic nightmare has become the mainstream media’s top priority, dominating the news agenda. How does coverage of this tragedy compare to other major disasters?

PublicationsJune 14, 2010

Blame Game Intensifies in the Gulf Oil Saga

In a week when voters went to the polls in 12 states and worries about the federal budget deficit grew, it was the spill of crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico that really captured the media’s attention—again. For the third week in a row, the growing disaster accounted for at least one-third of the newshole as finger-pointing became a larger aspect of the coverage.

PublicationsJune 11, 2010

The Pope Meets the Press

The Catholic clergy sexual abuse scandal is making headlines again at a level not seen since 2002, according to a new study by the Project for Excellence in Journalism and the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life. Find out more about the scandal’s resurgence in Europe, coverage in the U.S. media and intense media scrutiny on the pope himself.

PublicationsJune 10, 2010

Bloggers Assess Blame in the Gaza Flotilla Fight

Passions ran high as the blogosphere was consumed with the deadly confrontation between Israeli forces and a supply ship headed for Gaza last week. On Twitter, stories about European soccer led the week. And on YouTube, videos of the Mavi Marmara incident drew significant interest along with a toddler with an unhealthy addiction.

PublicationsJune 9, 2010

America’s Longest War Fights for Media Attention

For years, coverage of the conflict in Afghanistan was so modest that it almost seemed to be the forgotten U.S. war. That changed last year when disputed elections in that country and President Obama’s troop surge led to a major spike in media attention. But thus far in 2010, the war is once again falling off the media radar screen.

PublicationsJune 8, 2010

Gulf Disaster Again Dominates the News

With the oil still gushing, BP making new efforts to stanch the spill and the Obama Administration taking a more aggressive line toward the energy company, the crisis in the Gulf of Mexico accounted for a third of last week’s news coverage. No other story came close although a deadly encounter on a boat headed for the Gaza Strip finished as the No. 2 subject.