Pew Research Center survey reports, demographic studies and data-driven analysis
How the Media Covered the Gulf Oil Spill Disaster
The disaster in the Gulf dominated the news for the 100 days following the initial rig explosion. A media analysis finds the mainstream press spent considerable time reporting from the region and humanizing the crisis.
Islamic Center Tops Media Agenda
The controversy over a New York Islamic center dominated ideologically driven talk shows on both cable TV and radio — but registered barely a blip in mainstream newspapers.
Blogs Not Neutral on Google
Bloggers roundly criticized Google for seemingly softening its support of network neutrality — the concept of treating all internet traffic equally across a network.
Campaign Coverage Heats Up
The midterm elections led the news last week. For the first time since the crisis began in late April the Gulf oil spill was not among the top three topics reported on in the media.
Bloggers Applaud Gay Marriage Victory
More than a quarter of the news links on blogs were about the Proposition 8 decision. The commentary was overwhelmingly positive.
Job Numbers Boost Economic Coverage
The jobs situation accounted for more than a third of all the economy-related news. Also, with little oil leaking, coverage of the Gulf reaches a low.
Journalism Jobs Harder to Find
A University of Georgia survey of recent journalism and mass communication graduates finds toughest job market in the 24-year history of the study. Minority graduates have had an especially difficult time finding work. In regards to being prepared for communications work, graduates give their schools mixed grades.
Technology Concerns Dominate Twitter
Two consumer-related technology topics dominated on Twitter last week — privacy concerns on Facebook and user rights with Apple’s iPhone device.
WikiLeaks Puts Afghanistan Back on Media Agenda
The leak of some 90,000 classified war reports triggered a renewed debate over war strategy in Afghanistan. With court action in Arizona, the immigration debate dominated cable news.
Blogs Discover, Discuss Altered BP Photo
A blogger’s discovery of BP’s altered photo of its crisis center was the top story in the blogosphere. Also, many blogs linking to a column bemoaning the loss of the traditional newsroom agreed with the author.