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Media & News Sep. 28, 2010

Midterms Already Edging Out the Economy on Media Agenda

The midterms dominated the news agenda for the second week in a row. The elections have been the top story for the last two months (edging out the economy), and attention will only grow as November nears.

Media & News Sep. 27, 2010

Tech Times: Media Coverage of Technology

Much of the coverage of technology in the mainstream press split into competing story lines: that it makes life easier and that it is not secure. Social media, however, had a more positive focus on technological advancements. With regard to corporations, Apple was more covered than Google.

Media & News Sep. 23, 2010

Tech-Filled Tweets

New developments in the online worlds of Twitter, Google, and Facebook dominated Twitter feeds last week.

Media & News Sep. 21, 2010

Midterms Top News Agenda

Christine O’Donnell, the week’s leading newsmaker, fueled the biggest week yet for coverage of the midterms. The elections were the top story in all five of the media sectors studied.

Media & News Sep. 16, 2010

Blogs Talk Iraq, Rugs

One-quarter of the news links on blogs were about the war in Iraq. Nearly as many bloggers focused their attention on the new rug in the Oval Office.

Media & News Sep. 14, 2010

Anti-Muslim Sentiment Makes News

Coverage of a pastor’s plans to burn the Koran and the controversy over the planned Islamic center completely overshadowed coverage of Sept. 11 commemorations.

Media & News Sep. 12, 2010

A New Phase in Our Digital Lives

Some people describe it as The End of the Internet, though that is probably a misnomer. Others, at the risk of cliché, might call it News 3.0.

Media & News Sep. 9, 2010

Bloggers Debate Growth of Government

Almost a third of the news links on blogs were to an article reporting that one-in-six Americans are on government assistance programs like Medicare.

Media & News Sep. 8, 2010

Hurricane Earl Spares East Coast, But Hits Media

The huge storm triggered FEMA warnings, evacuations and at times, near apocalyptic media coverage.

Media & News Sep. 2, 2010

Blogs Continue Islamic Center Debate

Bloggers on both sides of the issue took part in a discussion that was as much about the motives of those having the argument as the Islamic center itself.