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Media & NewsNovember 12, 2009

Fort Hood: The Online Conversation

The shooting highlighted the emerging role of social media — particularly Twitter — in producing instantaneous accounts of breaking news events.

Media & NewsNovember 10, 2009

Shooting Shakes Up Media Stories

The Fort Hood attack was primarily a television story, with some cable news shows quickly turning the shootings into a kind of wedge issue.

Media & NewsNovember 5, 2009

Bloggers Express Outrage Over Assault

Many commentators put as much blamed the bystanders to the crime, and American society and culture, as those who actively participated.

Media & NewsNovember 3, 2009

Not Much New News

For the fourth week in a row, health care, Afghanistan and the economic crisis accounted for roughly 40% of the newshole.

Media & NewsOctober 29, 2009

Float On: Balloon Boy Still King Online

Anger over the drama surrounding Falcon Heene lived on in the blogs. Meanwhile, those on Twitter celebrated the five billionth tweet.

Media & NewsOctober 27, 2009

Bonus Coverage

Anger over Wall Street compensation brought the economy back onto the media’s radar. Also, Obama versus Fox News made news on all outlets.

Media & NewsOctober 22, 2009

Social Media Float in Thin Air

While blogs filled with global warming skepticism, the rest of social media tweeted about Balloon Boy.

Media & NewsOctober 20, 2009

Balloon Boy Takes Media for a Ride

While votes and arguments about health care lead the media agenda for the full week, the story of an empty balloon was the No. 1 topic from Thursday on.

Media & NewsOctober 15, 2009

Email, Nobel and Dave

News of an email scam that compromised thousands of passwords animated the blogosphere until late in the week, when the focus shifted abruptly to Barack Obama’s surprising Nobel Peace Prize. On YouTube, a Letterman mea culpa drew the most hits.

Media & NewsOctober 14, 2009

Afghanistan No Longer a Forgotten War

After years of being ignored by the media — the war accounted for only 1% of the newshole in 2008 — Afghanistan has emerged atop the news agenda.