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Pew Research CenterApril 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.

Pew Research CenterMarch 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.

Pew Research CenterMarch 24, 2011

Japan Crisis Overtakes Social Media

The aftermath of the catastrophic earthquake in Japan was the No. 1 topic on blogs, Twitter and YouTube.

Pew Research CenterMarch 22, 2011

Crisis Coverage: From Japan to Libya

As intense media focus quickly shifted from Japan to Libya late last week, it marked the seventh of the last eight weeks that overseas stories have led the mainstream news agenda.

Media & NewsMarch 19, 2011

Seattle: A New Media Case Study

Seattle, perhaps more than any other American city, epitomizes the promise and challenges of American journalism at the local level.

Media & NewsMarch 19, 2011

Emerging Economics of Community News

It is easy to oversimplify what is happening in online news. Breathless headlines — from the $315 million sale of The Huffington Post to AOL, Patch’s march to 1,000 plus local sites, to the early dismantling of TBD.com in Washington, D.C. – tend to obscure other important efforts, especially on the local front.

Media & NewsMarch 19, 2011

Why U.S. Newspapers Suffer More than Others

While print newspapers everywhere face difficult challenges in the future, newspapers in the United States today are suffering more acutely than those virtually anywhere else in the world. In sharp contrast with the U.S. situation, overall print newspaper circulation worldwide has dipped only slightly so far in 2010. Revenues are expected to rise, according to a new report from the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism.

Media & NewsMarch 19, 2011

Survey: Mobile News & Paying Online

Local news is going mobile. Nearly half of all American adults (47%) report that they get at least some local news and information on their cellphone or tablet computer.

Pew Research CenterMarch 17, 2011

Twitter Responds to Japan’s Disaster

The response to the earthquake illustrated the different ways in which Twitter functions as a social media tool. Initially, the site served as a way to get breaking information from a variety of official and unofficial sources, including eyewitness accounts. It also acted as an electronic bulletin board. And once the scope of the catastrophe became apparent, Twitter became a place to raise funds for the recovery effort and express concern for the victims.

Pew Research CenterMarch 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.