The economic downturn has made headlines for months. How has the press covered the gravest financial crisis since the Great Depression? What elements of the economic story make the most news? Who is driving the coverage? PEJ addresses these questions and more in a new report on press coverage of the economy.
The Internet as a Diversion
Three-quarters of online economic users go online to relax and take their minds off of the recession. Fully 88% of 18-29 year old online economic users look to the internet to relax.
News About Economy Seen as Less Dire, More Hopeful
The Internet and the Recession
Some 69% of Americans have used the internet to cope with the recession as they hunt for bargains, jobs, ways to upgrade their skills, better investment strategies, housing options, and government benefits.
Public Sees News About Economy Less Glum
Public Sees More of a Mix of Good and Bad Economic News
Most Feel a Personal Stake in Tracking Economic News
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