Pew Research Center survey reports, demographic studies and data-driven analysis
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Hurricane Earl Spares East Coast, But Hits Media
The huge storm triggered FEMA warnings, evacuations and at times, near apocalyptic media coverage.
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.
Politics Tops Media Agenda, Again
The midterm elections led the week’s news for the second time in three weeks.
Blogs Debate New York Mosque
Debate over the mosque controversy raged online again, but in contrast to last week, bloggers in support of the Islamic center lead the discussion.
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.