Media & News May. 28, 2008

Mac’s Back in Media Spotlight

After largely being treated as a bystander to the Democrats’ contest, the GOP nominee emerged as a featured player in campaign coverage. But that exposure is not always wanted or positive attention.

U.S. Politics May. 28, 2008

Greater Coverage of McCain, But Public Still Focused on Obama

Fully half of the public said Obama was the candidate they had heard the most about in the news, while only 8% said the same of McCain despite a significant increase in news coverage of his candidacy.

U.S. Politics May. 22, 2008

Research Roundup: Latest Findings on Cell Phones and Polling

The Pew Research Center has been studying the challenge to survey research posed by the growing number of wireless-only households. Here’s a summary of its latest findings.

U.S. Politics May. 22, 2008

Cable’s Constant Campaign Coverage Out of Sync With Public News Interest

While much of the public focused on international events, cable news focused on the campaign almost to the exclusion of other top news stories. Also, though well covered, awareness of John Edwards’ endorsement of Obama was relatively low.

Media & News May. 20, 2008

Edwards Rewrites the Election Story Line

In embracing Obama less than 24 hours after Clinton’s big win in West Virginia, Edwards diverted media attention away from discussion of renewed Clinton momentum and helped refocused the narrative on Obama’s apparent inevitability.

Internet & Tech May. 19, 2008

Tracking China’s Earthquake on TV and the Internet – Part II

In a second dispatch, our Beijing correspondent reports that Chinese TV is back to being the voice of the government. Meanwhile, the internet has become a more wild-west version of itself, with a virtual explosion of content that runs the gamut from informative to creative, irresponsible, angry, maudlin…

Internet & Tech May. 18, 2008

The Online Mall: How People Do – and Don’t – Use the Internet in Making Purchasing Decisions

A new Pew Internet Project study finds that going online helps people sort through product choices, but it is not the place where people usually close the deal for housing, cell phones or even music.

Internet & Tech May. 16, 2008

Tracking China’s Earthquake on TV and the Internet

While the internet proved to be a faster and more varied source of news about the disaster, Chinese television reports have shown an unprecedented absence of censorship: “The faces in these productions tell everything. The soldiers are young; the grief is raw; the eyes are desperate.”

Religion May. 15, 2008

The Plight of Iraq’s Religious Minorities

Since 2003, sectarian violence, ambiguous legal protections for religious freedom, and other factors have contributed to a deteriorating situation for Christians and other small religious sects.

U.S. Politics May. 14, 2008

Handguns: Public Rejects a Ban — but Supports Controls

Nearly three-quarters of Republicans (73%) oppose a ban on handgun sales, a view shared by 59% of independents and just half of Democrats.