Pew Research Center survey reports, demographic studies and data-driven analysis
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.
The Story of Shirley Sherrod: Reconstruction of a Media Mess
A media analysis of the Shirley Sherrod story traces how the story evolved and played out in the media in that frantic period between the July 19 release of the video and the July 21 apologies to Sherrod from Gibbs and Vilsack as well as Fox News host Bill O’Reilly.
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.