PublicationsDecember 29, 2008

The Holiday Season Makes Major News

The Project for Excellence in Journalism did not issue a News Index report this week, but the data is available.

PublicationsDecember 22, 2008

A Christmas Present—No Story Eats the News

As 2008 drew to a close, the media’s attention was more divided than any point all year. The economy and Obama’s transition were still top stories. But two scandals and the U.S. auto industry also competed for coverage.

PublicationsDecember 15, 2008

Blago-gate Dominates the Week’s News

Congress voted on a Detroit bailout, the media focused on fallout from the economic meltdown, and Barack Obama rolled out a key appointment. But a political scandal bleepin’ swamped ‘em all.

PublicationsDecember 8, 2008

The News Gets Grimmer at Home and Abroad

Barack Obama made headlines with some major appointments last week. But the bigger story was the deepening crises the new administration will face—a cratering economy domestically and a set of global challenges highlighted by the Mumbai terror attack.

PublicationsNovember 30, 2008

Terror in Mumbai Is Biggest Story

The Project for Excellence in Journalism did not issue a News Index report this week, but the data is available.

PublicationsNovember 24, 2008

Cars and Appointments Dominate the News

The future of the automobile industry became a major component of the country’s ongoing economic problems last week, and speculation about Obama’s cabinet appointments reached a new level.

PublicationsNovember 17, 2008

Post-Election Narrative, A Tale of Two Women

The big buzz surrounding the Obama transition last week was that once-fierce rival Hillary Clinton might become his Secretary of State. Meanwhile Sarah Palin, shielded from the press during the campaign, made up for lost time with a media blitz.

PublicationsNovember 10, 2008

In Election Week, Media Pivots from Race to Rahm

The campaign press declared Barack Obama’s Nov. 4 victory a culturally transforming event, but was far less certain it was a politically transforming moment. And within days, the search for lessons had yielded to speculation about the new administration.

PublicationsNovember 3, 2008

Near Campaign’s End, It’s All About Numbers

In the final week of the campaign, both presidential candidates continued to pound away at each other’s economic policies. But as they examined the details of the last polls, the battlegrounds, and the strategy, the media had all but anointed a winner.

PublicationsOctober 27, 2008

As the Candidates Head Down the Stretch, Horse Race Dominates

Colin Powell’s endorsement and Joe Biden’s gaffe were almost one-day wonders last week as the news cycle sped up in the campaign’s final days. Now, it’s battleground states and polls that seem to be capturing much of the media’s attention.