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.
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.
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.
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.
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.