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Media & News Aug. 5, 2010

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.

Media & News Aug. 3, 2010

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.

Media & News Jul. 29, 2010

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.

Media & News Jul. 27, 2010

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.

Media & News Jul. 27, 2010

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.

Jul. 26, 2010

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.

Media & News Jul. 23, 2010

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.

Media & News Jul. 20, 2010

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.

Media & News Jul. 15, 2010

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.

Media & News Jul. 13, 2010

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.