U.S. Politics Dec. 29, 2009

Stories of 2009: Public vs. Press

The media’s top stories generally reflected the public’s top interests, but the press gave more coverage to politics (Kennedy’s death, Palin’s book, Specter’s switch) than the public was willing to follow.

Media & News Dec. 7, 2009

Media Coverage of Hispanics

A six-month media analysis finds little coverage of the Latino community outside of major events, with the nomination of Sonia Sotomayor by far the the biggest storyline. Immigration was featured in fewer than one-in-ten stories about Hispanics.

U.S. Politics Oct. 30, 2009

Partisanship and Cable News Audiences

In recent years, Republican viewers have migrated increasingly to Fox News but Democrats comprise a larger share of the Fox News audience than Republicans do of CNN’s audience.

Media & News Oct. 5, 2009

Covering the Great Recession

The gravest economic crisis since the Great Depression has been covered in the media largely from the top down, told primarily from the perspective of the Obama administration and big business.

Religion Aug. 12, 2009

Measuring Media: Faith-Based Initiative

While Obama adopted much of the program put into place by Bush, it has generated little of the contentious press coverage sparked by his predecessor’s effort.

Media & News May. 28, 2009

Global Pandemic, Global Coverage

Turns out that coverage of the swine flu in the U.S. was actually less sensationalized than was media coverage in some other major nations.

U.S. Politics Apr. 29, 2009

Obama Coverage:Too Personal but Not Too Favorable

Most Americans say the news media has devoted too much coverage to Barack Obama’s family and personal life, but the right amount to his leadership style and policy proposals.

Media & News Apr. 28, 2009

Media Metric: Obama’s 100 Days of Press

Obama is getting much more positive press coverage than Bush or Clinton. One reason is that he is getting good reviews in both front-page stories and editorials.

Religion Mar. 16, 2009

Religion in the News: 2008

Religion reporting in 2008 clustered around big events such as the pope’s visit and stories tended to fade quickly from the headlines. Coverage gravitated toward controversies such as Obama’s relationship with Jeremiah Wright and clergy sex-abuse scandals.