On Twitter, Mixed Reviews for Opening Night at the Olympics
The July 27 opening night extravaganza from the London Olympics produced a big response on Twitter. But social media users offered a wide array of opinions—ranging from kudos to pans to confusion about what they were seeing. NBC, the U.S. broadcaster of the games, didn’t escape criticism either.
As the Ratings War Intensifies, What Sets Morning News Apart?
The recent hiring of Today show anchor Savannah Guthrie highlights the intense competition for viewers in the morning news world. PEJ looks at how those network morning shows differ from their evening counterparts when it comes to the news agenda.
On Twitter, Verdict on Paterno Unchanged by Freeh Report, NCAA
The conversation on Twitter about the Penn State scandal has shifted focus over the last month from the man convicted of sexual abuse to the school and then to the NCAA. But one constant in the conversation has not budged—views of Joe Paterno.
YouTube & News
News is becoming a major part of what Americans watch on YouTube. In the last 15 months, a third of the most searched terms on the video sharing site were news related. A new study by the Project for Excellence in Journalism explores the character of news on YouTube.
Social Media Passionate and Divided over Court’s Health Care Ruling
Users of Twitter, Facebook and blogs weighed in heavily on the Supreme Court Health Care ruling last week. PEJ examines the sentiment on each of the three social media platforms, how that sentiment shifted in the days that followed the ruling and the degree to which users delved into implications for the presidential contenders.
News Corp Split, Buffett’s Bet Top Year of Big Media Ownership Changes
Reports that News Corp is spinning off the publishing division cap a year of major changes in news industry ownership. It was the busiest time for newspaper sales since 2007 and witnessed the single largest local TV acquisition in four years. Visit PEJ’s interactive database, to explore financial statistics on more than 4,000 radio and TV stations, newspapers and news websites.
Apple Announcements Dominate the Blogosphere
The news made at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco last week ricocheted through the internet’s many tech blogs. And on YouTube, a mixture of President Obama and the catchy pop tune “Call Me Maybe” was the most viewed news-related video for the second week in a row.
What Americans Learned From the Media About the Health Care Debate
PEJ examines how the health care debate was presented in the press, which party won the messaging war and how the bill has largely disappeared from view.
How a Pop Tune Became the Hottest Social Media Meme
The hit song “Call Me Maybe” entered the news realm last week as a video of President Obama seemingly singing the tune went viral. The video also inspired numerous imitators, displaying the power of the online “meme.”
Smartphone Speculation Soars on Social Media
Bloggers and Twitter users love guessing about new high-tech devices and last week, they were busy discussing what the new iPhone would look like and whether Facebook would jump into the smartphone business. On YouTube, many users saw video of a gruesome crime.