Pew Research Center survey reports, demographic studies and data-driven analysis
Economy Still Tops News Agenda
For four days, Shirley Sherrod consumed 41% of the cable news airtime, helping her become the top newsmaker of the week. The Washington Post’s series on gathering intelligence sparked a debate, and demonstrated a new media trend.
Media, Race and Obama’s First Year
A year-long study finds that, as a group, African Americans attracted relatively little attention in the U.S. mainstream news media during the first year of Barack Obama’s presidency — and what coverage there was tended to focus more on specific episodes than on broader issues and trends affecting the lives of blacks generally.
Polls, iPhones and Panic
Bloggers seized on Obama’s poll numbers while tweeters took on Apple’s newest gadget. Both social media tools took an interest in their online cousin: Facebook.
New Hope for Containment Boosts Coverage of Gulf Spill
Largely as the result of BP’s most promising effort yet to stop the flow of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, that ongoing environmental disaster led the week’s news, generating its highest amount of coverage in three weeks.
Social Media Singe Teen Singer
Both bloggers and Twitter users got caught up in an online prank played on a teenage pop star; Obama and the courts also drew attention online.
Oil Spill Leaking Coverage, but Still Tops Media Agenda
Despite a substantial drop-off in recent coverage, the oil spill remains the top story. LeBron James was the second-biggest newsmaker of the week.
Little Gun Control On Blogs
The online conversation was dominated by cheering advocates of a Supreme Court ruling in favor of gun rights, illustrating again how individuals who care passionately about a subject often come together quickly and strongly online.
Media Interest in Oil Spill Flagging
Coverage of the Gulf oil leak has dropped by about two-thirds in the past several weeks. After a rare spike, Afghanistan news fell dramatically.
McChrystal’s Comments Turn the Social Media to Afghanistan
Blogs and Twitter followed MSM into Afghanistan, led by fired general.
Afghan War Tops the News, Edging out Oil Spill
President Obama’s decision to replace Gen. Stanley McChrystal as the top battlefield commander in Afghanistan, a move freighted with military and political implications, vaulted the war to the top of the media agenda last week for the first time in seven months.