PublicationsDecember 16, 2011

How 2011 Presidential Campaign Coverage Stacks up with 2007

The volatile race for the GOP presidential nomination has made the campaign a major story in recent months. But how has that coverage compared to the attention devoted to the 2008 race for president four years earlier?

PublicationsDecember 8, 2011

The Palin Plunge

Once a fixture in the news, former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin has largely been out of the headlines for the past two months. That comes after a remarkable run of press attention to someone who was never a candidate for the presidency.

PublicationsNovember 16, 2011

A Campus Crime Story that Stunned the Nation

The sexual abuse charges involving a former coach at Penn State University became a major national story last week.

PublicationsOctober 26, 2011

Iraq Coverage Reaches a New Low in 2011

With the announcement of a complete withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq by year’s end, how much have Americans been hearing about that country in recent years?

PublicationsOctober 21, 2011

Media Coverage of Occupy vs. Tea Party

The anti-Wall Street demonstrations which started in lower Manhattan, but have since sprung up around globe, have been generating increasing media attention in recent weeks. How does coverage of these demonstrations compare with attention to the Tea Party protests in 2009 and 2010?

PublicationsSeptember 28, 2011

War in Mexico Gets Little Media Attention

In the five years since Calderon began to crack down on the cartels, the violence in Mexico has claimed the lives of nearly 40,000 people—including 45 journalists. But the story has generated little attention in the U.S. media. How does coverage of the Mexican drug war compare to other issues along the border as well as other international affairs?

PublicationsSeptember 9, 2011

Controversies, Not Commemorations, Make 9/11 News

Sunday September 11 is the tenth anniversary of the terrorist attacks on New York and Washington. PEJ examines which issues relating to 9/11 have attracted the most media attention in the past five years.

PublicationsSeptember 1, 2011

Little Coverage of Sub-Saharan Africa

The East African drought and famine has affected 12 million people in the Horn of Africa. But the crisis has generated very little attention in the U.S. media. PEJ investigates the coverage of this crisis as well as other events in Sub-Saharan Africa.

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 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.