PublicationsDecember 17, 2008

The XMAS Retail Story – Bah Humbug!

Holiday season stories typically focus on travel, good deeds and crowded stores. But this year, the economic crisis has dropped a lump of coal into the media’s seasonal narrative. How does 2008 holiday coverage compare to last year?

PublicationsDecember 10, 2008

Embattled Lieberman Is Hill's Top Newsmaker

The big election news, of course, was the historic victory of Barack Obama. But that doesn’t mean the legislative branch of government didn’t make some headlines of its own. In the month since Election Day, which Congressional figures found themselves most often in the headlines?

PublicationsNovember 19, 2008

What Cable Channels Are Covering After the Election

No media sector spent more time and energy covering the Presidential race in 2008 than the cable news networks. Now that the voters have spoken, how are the big three cable news outlets filling their airtime these days?

PublicationsNovember 13, 2008

Tracking the Battle Over Same-Sex Marriage in the News

On Nov. 4, Californians voted for Proposition 8, which banned same-sex marriages in their state. That vote reversed a May California Supreme Court ruling allowing gay couples to wed. The press has followed the shifting tides of the same-sex marriage debate in California. Which key events made the most news?

PublicationsNovember 6, 2008

What Sports Made The Biggest News in 2008

What was the biggest sports event of the year so far—those significant enough to jump from the sports pages to the front pages, from ESPN to Nightly News? The World Series may be bigger than many expect.

PublicationsOctober 24, 2008

The Meltdown and the Media

The U.S. economy may be facing its greatest turmoil since the Great Depression, and the financial meltdown is proving to be a complex story for journalists. What aspects of the crisis are media outlets spending the most time on?

PublicationsOctober 16, 2008

Numbers Show Radio Talkers Like To Talk About Themselves

Talk radio is a format chock full of opinion, monologues, and the frequent use of first person pronouns. How often do talk radio hosts make themselves part of the story? And who else do they discuss?

PublicationsOctober 8, 2008

Headlines of the Rich, Famous, and Infamous

O.J. Simpson’s robbery and kidnapping conviction last week came after a trial that generated far less coverage than his 1995 murder case. But it was enough to keep the former football star in the media’s sights. What other celebrities made major news in the past twelve months? And why?

PublicationsOctober 3, 2008

The Palin Phenomenon

In the period that stretched from her introduction as John McCain’s running mate to the run-up to this week’s vice-presidential debate, Sarah Palin generated an extraordinary amount of media attention. In fact, when it comes to making headlines, no one has topped the Alaska Governor.

PublicationsSeptember 25, 2008

The Market Meltdown

The week of Sept. 15-21 was dominated by news of perhaps the nation’s biggest fiscal crisis since the Great Depression. With Washington, Wall Street, and Main Street all affected, which elements of the financial crisis generated the most headlines?