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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.

Media & News Jul. 8, 2010

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 & News Jul. 7, 2010

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.

Media & News Jul. 1, 2010

McChrystal’s Comments Turn the Social Media to Afghanistan

Blogs and Twitter followed MSM into Afghanistan, led by fired general.

Media & News Jun. 29, 2010

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.