report | Nov 6, 2012

Hurricane Sandy and Twitter

How did people use Twitter during Hurricane Sandy and what did they tweet about? A new study from PEJ shows that over half of the conversation on and around the hurricane’s landfall was news, information, photos and videos of and about the super storm.

report | Jun 21, 2012

Apple Announcements Dominate the Blogosphere

The news made at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco last week ricocheted through the internet’s many tech blogs. And on YouTube, a mixture of President Obama and the catchy pop tune “Call Me Maybe” was the most viewed news-related video for the second week in a row.

report | Jun 14, 2012

How a Pop Tune Became the Hottest Social Media Meme

The hit song “Call Me Maybe” entered the news realm last week as a video of President Obama seemingly singing the tune went viral. The video also inspired numerous imitators, displaying the power of the online “meme.”

report | Jun 7, 2012

Smartphone Speculation Soars on Social Media

Bloggers and Twitter users love guessing about new high-tech devices and last week, they were busy discussing what the new iPhone would look like and whether Facebook would jump into the smartphone business. On YouTube, many users saw video of a gruesome crime.

report | May 31, 2012

The Blogosphere Worries about Government Propaganda

The House passage of the Smith–Mundt Modernization Act led both liberal and conservative bloggers to voice strong concerns that it would pave the way for government influence on domestic public opinion. But they disagreed over who was to blame.

report | May 30, 2012

Cable News Drives Election Coverage

The Project for Excellence in Journalism did not publish a news index report this week. However, the data is available.

report | May 24, 2012

Pop Culture is King in Social Media

The naming of new celebrity judges for a popular reality show generated major attention in both the blogosphere and Twitterverse last week. And for the second week in a row, events related to the 2012 Mexican presidential election registered as the top news video on YouTube. 

report | May 17, 2012

In Social Media, Support for Same-sex Marriage

During a week when North Carolina voters rejected same-sex marriage and President Obama endorsed it, the controversial issue inspired a passionate debate on blogs and Twitter. And in both social media platforms, those in favor of allowing gay couples to wed dominated those who were opposed.

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