Pew Research Center survey reports, demographic studies and data-driven analysis
Blogs Follow Palin’s Road Trip
It was Sarah Palin and her controversial “One Nation” bus tour that led bloggers back to politics.
Gloomy Economic News Tops Media Agenda
The debt ceiling, rising unemployment and continued housing woes made the economy the week’s No. 1 story, but the 2012 campaign continued to acquire more media attention.
Blogs Debate Prisoner Release Decision
The Supreme Court ordering California to release thousands of prisoners due to overcrowding was the No.1 topic on blogs last week.
Tornadoes Top News Agenda
The deadly storms in Joplin, Mo., became the media’s top story, and filled nearly half of all network television news coverage.
Strong Support for Israel on Social Media
A special edition of PEJ’s New Media Index examines the tone of the conversation on blogs, Twitter and Facebook following President Obama’s address on the Middle East.
IMF Chief Arrest Leads News, but Politics Looms Large
An alleged sexual assault with international ramifications was the No. 1 topic, but presidential politics — with Trump and Huckabee leaving and Newt joining — became a big story for the first time this year.
Continued Debate Over Bin Laden’s Death and a Marriage in Tatters
Shriver-Schwarenegger split rivaled Osama bin Laden death for top attention in blogosphere.
Bin Laden Coverage Changes Course
The death of Osama bin Laden news narrative transitioned from dissecting the raid to more controversial topics, such as politics and Pakistan.
Social Media React to bin Laden’s Death
The killing of Osama bin Laden accounted for 80% of the news links on blogs and fully half of the news links on Twitter last week.
Osama bin Laden’s Death Dominates the News
The death of Osama bin Laden drove unprecedented amounts of coverage last week. On cable alone, the story accounted for a staggering 90% of the airtime studied.