Media & News Mar. 15, 2011

A Dramatic Week Ends in Disaster

The devastating earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan late in the week overwhelmed earlier coverage of the Libyan civil war, passage of anti-collective bargaining legislation in Wisconsin and hearings on radical Islam.

Media & News Mar. 14, 2011

State of the News Media 2011

By several measures, the state of the American news media improved in 2010. After two dreadful years, most sectors of the industry saw revenue begin to recover. The biggest issue ahead, however, may not be lack of audience or even lack of new revenue experiments. It may be that in the digital realm the news industry is no longer in control of its own future.

Media & News Mar. 10, 2011

Blogs Debate Budget Cuts

Continuing a recent trend, blogs focused on hot-button domestic issues rather than Middle East turmoil, which has held the mainstream media’s interest.

Media & News Mar. 8, 2011

As Gaddafi Clings to Power, Media Keep Focus on Middle East

For the fifth time in the past six weeks, the situation in the Middle East was the No. 1 story in the mainstream media.

Media & News Mar. 3, 2011

Blogs Debate Wisconsin, Unions

On blogs, a passionate debate — clearly split along ideological lines — raged over the role of unions in American politics and economics.

Media & News Mar. 1, 2011

Media Attention Turns To Libya

The news devoted to the Middle East in the past five weeks easily exceeds any month of coverage of the Iraq war since January 2007.

Media & News Feb. 24, 2011

Blogs in Sync with Mainstream Media on Budget, Egypt

Social and mainstream media were in sync last week as bloggers focused on two primary topics — the U.S. budget and Middle East unrest.

Media & News Feb. 23, 2011

Budget Battles Lead the News

Debate over Obama’s budget and the protests in Wisconsin drove coverage of economic issues to the top of the media agenda.

Media & News Feb. 17, 2011

Blogs, Twitter Decry Patriot Act

Reauthorization of the Patriot Act led the conversation on both blogs and Twitter last week. And voices from both ends of the political spectrum were actually in agreement.

Media & News Feb. 15, 2011

Mubarak’s Exit Keeps Focus on Middle East

Just as the media began to turn away from the story, the president of Egypt’s resignation overwhelmed news coverage — especially on cable — with reports of the protests.