Pew Research Center survey reports, demographic studies and data-driven analysis
Osama bin Laden’s Death Dominates the News
The death of Osama bin Laden drove unprecedented amounts of coverage last week. On cable alone, the story accounted for a staggering 90% of the airtime studied.
Navigating News Online
There is not one group of news consumers online but several, each of which behaves differently. These differences call for news organizations to develop separate strategies to serve and make money from each audience.
How the Media Have Covered bin Laden’s Death So Far
Contrary to what happens with most major national news events, the discussion of the death of Osama bin Laden in the mainstream and new media has not shifted quickly to political winners and losers. An analysis of hundreds of thousands of stories and millions of social media postings finds the discussion has remained focused on the facts of what happened.
Tornadoes Lead News in Days Before Bin Laden Death
In the week before the killing of Osama Bin Laden, the deadly tornadoes that ripped through the Southeast captured more media attention than the economy, Obama’s birth certificate and even the British royal wedding.
Bloggers Discuss Pulitzer Prize
Many bloggers saw the award as a sign that quality newspaper journalism is not dead. Rumors that Twitter was in the process of acquiring TweetDeck was the top story on Twitter.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.