Sotomayor, and Race, Drive the News
Sotomayor was the first person to exceed Obama as the lead newsmaker since his inauguration; 40% of the stories about Sotomayor’s nomination referenced her ethnicity.
Public Backs Affirmative Action, But Not Minority Preferences
The public has generally been supportive of affirmative action programs, but is decidedly opposed to the idea of providing preferential treatment to minorities.
California, Rappers and Fossils
The conversation online looks nothing like the mainstream media.
Latino Children: A Majority Are U.S.-Born Offspring of Immigrants
Hispanics now make up 22% of all children under the age of 18 in the United States — up from 9% in 1980 — and as their numbers have grown, their demographic profile has changed.
Most Middle-Aged Adults Are Rethinking Retirement Plans
In the midst of a recession that has taken a heavy toll on many nest eggs, just over half of all working adults ages 50 to 64 say they may delay their retirement — and another 16% say they never expect to stop working.
Global Pandemic, Global Coverage
Turns out that coverage of the swine flu in the U.S. was actually less sensationalized than was media coverage in some other major nations.
Public Not That Into Terror Debate
While the media may love a political fight, Americans say they are following stories about money and health.
Is Sotomayor the Court’s First Hispanic?
A look at how the government defines who is what origin-wise.
Beltway Battle Bumps Economy
With a political-conflict narrative, terrorism — almost untouched by the media last year — has supplanted the recession as the top story.
Online Classifieds Climb
The number of online adults to use classified ad websites, such as Craigslist, more than doubled from 2005 to 2009 devastating a key revenue source for traditional newspapers