PublicationsAugust 24, 2011

National Economy a Washington Story?

The ongoing national economic crisis has remained a major topic in the news since the market crash in 2008. But which economic topics have been highest on the media agenda in 2011? And which have been lower? PEJ examines this year’s economic coverage.

PublicationsAugust 21, 2011

Barack Obama and Rick Perry Drive the Week’s News

The economy remained the No. 1 story for the ninth consecutive week while the 2012 presidential race continued its recent spike in coverage last week. And dramatic developments regarding Syria and Libya drove Mideast coverage to its highest level in nearly three months.

PublicationsAugust 18, 2011

Twitter Users Blast the London Rioters

The riots in the United Kingdom dominated the world of social media last week. On Twitter, there was little empathy for the grievances of those participating as far more people expressed anger and fear at what was occurring. On YouTube, the most watched videos were focused on the mayhem during the looting and chaos.

PublicationsAugust 17, 2011

Are the Media Ignoring Ron Paul?

After a strong second-place showing in the Iowa straw poll, Ron Paul and his supporters accused the press of giving short shrift to his candidacy. PEJ examines how much coverage the presidential and potential presidential candidates have received in 2011 and where Paul ranks on the list. 

PublicationsAugust 14, 2011

Economy Coverage Down But Still Top Story

Economic coverage once again dominated the news last week, and this time the focus was on the volatility of the stock market. And with Iowa in the spotlight, the 2012 presidential election re-emerged in the media narrative after several weeks of being buried by bad economic news.

PublicationsAugust 11, 2011

Social Media Users Blast the Debt Deal

The deal to raise the debt ceiling in Washington drew harsh criticism from both the left and the right last week as the subject received significant attention on blogs, Twitter and YouTube. The other subject to generate substantial interest on both blogs and Twitter was news about a teen pop star.

PublicationsAugust 10, 2011

For Communications Grads, Slight Improvement in a Daunting Job Market

The annual survey of recent journalism and communication graduates by the University of Georgia shows only small changes in a difficult employment environment. But there are some silver linings, including a jump in job satisfaction among those who have found work in the field.

PublicationsAugust 6, 2011

Grim Headlines and an Angry Public Drive Economic Coverage

The long-awaited debt ceiling deal in Washington triggered a torrent of overwhelmingly negative economic coverage that easily proved to be the dominant story of the week. And two major newsmakers earlier in the year, al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden and Congresswoman Gabrielle Gifffords, re-emerged in the headlines last week.

PublicationsAugust 4, 2011

Bloggers Weigh in on the Tea Party

A comparison between the Tea Party and characters in the Lord of the Rings trilogy generated a lively debate on the blogosphere last week. Twitter users complained about Formula 1auto racing. And the most viewed videos on YouTube depicted the carnage from the July 22 attacks in Norway.

PublicationsAugust 3, 2011

Gabrielle Giffords’ Year in the News

After President Obama, the top newsmaker among politicians and public officials this year is a congresswoman who survived a deadly shooting spree in January. What other figures have generated significant media attention thus far in 2011 and why have they been in the headlines?