As the Trayvon Martin case goes to trial, remembering a major media event
Today marks the beginning of what is likely to be a closely watched courtroom battle—the murder trial of George Zimmerman for the fatal shooting of 17-year old Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida on February 26, 2012. While there has been ongoing coverage of the case and the run-up to the trial, it may be hard […]
Is MSNBC the place for opinion?
MSNBC president Phil Griffin generated plenty of media attention this week when he said, in a New York Times interview, that his channel was “not the place” for breaking news. “Our brand is not that.” Griffin was responding to a significant decline in MSNBC’s ratings, which the Times reported was down 18% in prime time […]
Gun Control Conversation Split
On Twitter, the tone of conversation on gun control shifted back and forth, but the NRA faced more criticism than support. The terms “Newtown” and “gun control” dominated the conversation.
Timeline: Top News Stories of 2012
A look at the public’s top 15 news stories of 2012, according to Pew Research Center’s News Interest Index.
Election, Tragedies Dominate 2012 News
The public’s news interests were very much focused on domestic developments this year, with the election outcome, last week’s horrific school shooting and Hurricane Sandy leading the list of the top stories of 2012.
Newtown Sparks Calls for Gun Reform in Social Media, Opinion Pages
The shooting rampage in a Connecticut elementary school last week triggered a conversation different from other recent U.S. gun tragedies.
Arab-American Media Bring News to Diverse and Growing Community
Arab-American media face the same challenges as news media generally as they try to serve one of the fastest growing ethnic groups in the United States.
Positive Media Coverage of Obama Surged During Last Week of Campaign
Much of the surge in positive coverage was tied to Obama’s strategic position, including improving opinion polls and electoral math, rather than directly to positive assessments of his response to Superstorm Sandy.
News Coverage for Both Candidates More Negative
Both Barack Obama and Mitt Romney have received more negative news coverage than positive in the general election, but coverage shifted markedly when the debates began. Obama fared much better in September, while Romney had the edge in October, according to a new study by the Project for Excellence in Journalism.
Internet Gains Most as Campaign News Source, But Cable TV Still Leads
Americans are following the presidential campaign more closely on nearly every news platform than they were earlier in the year.