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Media & News Apr. 26, 2011

Trump Pushes the 2012 Race into the News

For the first time this year, the 2012 presidential race emerged as a big story, driven in large part by the week’s second leading newsmaker: Donald Trump.

Media & News Apr. 21, 2011

Blogs, Twitter Both Buzz About Steve Jobs Book

The first authorized biography of Apple CEO Steve Jobs captivated bloggers and tweeters alike, becoming one of the rare stories to figure prominently in both social media platforms in the same week.

Media & News Apr. 19, 2011

Media Scores Budget Fight

The high level of economic coverage on cable and radio news indicated how politically loaded the debate about federal spending has become. Neither elevated disaster ratings in Japan nor Qaddafi cluster-bombing civilians drew comparable media attention.

Media & News Apr. 14, 2011

Japan, Global Warming Top Blogger Agenda

Bloggers kept attention on Japan while renewing an old debate on climate change with focus on a once-prominent skeptic’s change of position. Neither subject had much traction in the mainstream media.

Media & News Apr. 12, 2011

Government Shutdown Threat Shuts Out Foreign News

The looming government shutdown became the first domestic story to lead the news in nearly two months. Rep. Ryan’s budget drew attention and the Middle East remained in the news.

Media & News Apr. 8, 2011

Five Myths about the Future of Journalism

As media organizations plot their future, it’s worth discarding some misconceptions about what it will take to keep the press from becoming yesterday’s news. Here, in an aricle prepared for the Washington Post, are five frequent, if faulty, allegations:

Media & News Apr. 7, 2011

Blogs Stray from Big Media Stories

Bloggers conversed about an eclectic mix of topics last week that were far from headline news on front pages or cable talk shows.

Media & News Apr. 5, 2011

Media Interest in Libya, Japan Begins to Wane

The Middle East and Japan remained at the top of the media’s agenda, but both stories have seen coverage fall as time has passed as interest in the economy resurges.

Media & News Apr. 1, 2011

Blogs Remember Elizabeth Taylor

Taylor’s death received more coverage on blogs than any other celebrity passing, including pop icon Michael Jackson, since PEJ began monitoring blog content. On Twitter, the top subject was phone giant AT&T’s acquisition of T-Mobile.

Media & News Mar. 29, 2011

Media Focus Remains Overseas

The entry of the U.S. and NATO military forces into the Libyan conflict made it the No.1 story, surpassing the crisis in Japan. Altogether, 43% of overall news coverage this year has been devoted to international events — nearly double the normal level.