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Media & News Jan. 24, 2011

How the U.S. Media Cover China

Before Chinese President Hu Jintao’s visit, what events and issues have put China on the U.S. media’s radar in the last four years? (Hint: they’re not usually related to the economy.)

Media & News Jan. 20, 2011

Bloggers Follow Events in Tucson

The shootings in Tucson that killed six and severely injured Rep. Gabrielle Giffords drew more attention in the blogosphere than any subject in the past eight months.

Media & News Jan. 19, 2011

Media Analysis: How the Press Covered the Tragedy in Tucson

A discussion about the tenor of political discourse in America, including its role as a potential catalyst for violence, was the leading media storyline in the aftermath of the Arizona tragedy.

Media & News Jan. 13, 2011

New Congress, Same Divisions Online

Echoing the mainstream press, the blogosphere focused its attention on the new, Republican-led House. Shockingly, liberals and conservatives had different reactions.

Media & News Jan. 12, 2011

Beltway Realignment — and a Shocking Interruption

Until the shocking weekend shooting of an Arizona congresswoman dramatically altered the narrative, the prospects of political conflict from a new Congress and changes in the White House dominated last week’s news agenda.

Media & News Jan. 11, 2011

The Year in News 2010

A review of three different research efforts by the Pew Research Center finds the economy was the No. 1 story of the year, the narrative evolving but with a continuing undercurrent of apprehension. Other big stories: the Haitian earthquake, the health care reform debate, the Gulf oil rig explosion, and mid-term elections.

Media & News Jan. 6, 2011

Economy Leads on Blogs

New unemployment measures were the dominant subject among bloggers last week; the buzz among Twitter users was all about rumored Apple iPad upgrades.

Media & News Jan. 4, 2011

Online News a Winter Wonderland

The first East Coast snowstorm of the season — and complaints about the cleanup effort — managed to surpass coverage of the U.S. economy in online news.

Media & News Dec. 29, 2010

Blogs: [Acronym Deleted]

WikiLeaks has captured attention on blogs in a way few stories ever do. But this week’s online conversation mostly centered on the name of a CIA panel investigating the controversy, which resulted in an acronym commonly used in internet slang.

Media & News Dec. 21, 2010

Intense Economic Coverage Continues

The tax bill drove last week’s economic coverage, accounting for about two-thirds of it. A Virginia judge’s ruling put health care policy back in the news.