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Media & News Feb. 18, 2010

Bloggers to Content Providers: Keep It Free or We Will Flee

Social media last week dove into the debate over free versus pay online content. Sparked by Warner Music’s plan to favor Web sites that charge users, bloggers answered in force: We oppose it! Google Buzz also drew bad buzz.

Media & News Feb. 17, 2010

Blizzard of Snow Coverage

Debates over government efficiency and climate change joined more traditional coverage of local correspondents battling the elements.

Media & News Feb. 12, 2010

Bloggers Press Hot-Button Topics

The conversation online focused on Tim Tebow’s anti-abortion commercial and gay rights — with John McCain and the pope targeted for criticism.

Media & News Feb. 11, 2010

Surplus of Deficit Coverage

For the first time in nearly two months, coverage of the economy led the news agenda, driven by Obama’s release of his $3.8 trillion budget.

Media & News Feb. 4, 2010

Monkey Business Online

Apple’s new iPad and a film shot by chimpanzees beat out the president’s speech in social media.

Media & News Feb. 2, 2010

SOTU Puts Obama Center Stage

The president was the predominant figure in more stories last week than at any time since his inauguration.

Media & News Jan. 28, 2010

Twitter And YouTube Continue Focus On Haiti While Blogs Move On

After playing a large role in promoting activism and fundraising in the wake of the devastating earthquake in Haiti, various components of the social media community moved in different directions last week.

Media & News Jan. 26, 2010

Cable Nets Split on Haiti and Politics

CNN, which doesn’t air ideologically oriented talk shows in prime time, broadcast almost three times as many stories originating from Haiti as did Fox News and MSNBC combined, both of which focused on the Massachusetts election.

Media & News Jan. 21, 2010

Social Media Provide First-Hand Accounts, Direct Action on Haiti

New media not only reported on Haiti, but were used as calls to action. According to CNN, the use of social media helped raise $8 million by the end of the week.

Media & News Jan. 14, 2010

Blog Love, Not War

As the mainstream media were consumed with issues of terrorism, social media debated sex and dating.