January 12, 2009
Mobile broadcasts and Sarah Palin, the switch to DTV, and the Seattle Post-Intelligencer top today's news headlines.

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War in Gaza Casts Shadow over Transition : December 29, 2008 - January 4, 2009

The economic crisis showed few signs of easing, a scandal-plagued governor tried to anoint a Senator, and the incoming President moved to Washington. But last week, the guns of the Middle East dominated the news agenda.

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Blagojevich’s rank as newsmaking governor (Guess who's #1?)

Scandals Put Governors in the News in 2008

A number of U.S. governors generated major headlines during the past year. One of them turned out to be the media phenomenon of the 2008 presidential campaign. But several others made news under far more unwelcome circumstances.

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Health News Coverage in the U.S. Media

At a time when health care is a major public policy issue, how have the U.S. media covered the complex subject of health? A new report from PEJ and the Kaiser Family Foundation examines those questions.

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A Christmas Present—No Story Eats the News: December 15 - 21, 2008

As 2008 drew to a close, the media’s attention was more divided than any point all year. The economy and Obama’s transition were still top stories. But two scandals and the U.S. auto industry also competed for coverage.

Special Features
PEJ produced 20 reports related to the 2008 presidential campaign, plus studied the media coverage of the election week by week. See all of PEJ's campaign-focused research here.

PEJ's News Coverage Index captures and analyzes some four dozen news outlets in real time to determine what stories the national news media is covering.

The latest edition of Elements is completely updated and includes a new 10th principle--the rights and responsibilities of citizens.

The fifth annual State of the News Media 2008 includes a Survey of Journalists, a Year in the News, a look at the Future of Advertising, an analysis of Citizen Media sites, and more.