For the second week in a row, the actions of President Obama fueled substantial coverage of the state of the U.S. economy. Toyota’s mounting problems and a controversial kidnapping case in Haiti also helped propel those subjects onto the roster of top stories.
Several lawmakers central to the health care battle were among the most prominently covered legislative newsmakers in 2009—including the late senator closely most associated with the issue. What other members of Congress found themselves in the news last year? And why?
A new PEJ study investigates where news comes from in today’s rapidly changing media landscape. An examination of local media in Baltimore provides insight on how the U.S. media ecosystem works. What role do new media, blogs and specialty news sites play in the news cycle? Who is breaking news? Which reports advanced the story? The study answers these questions and more.
Anticipation and reaction to Apple’s new iPad was the hottest topic on Twitter last week. Blogs, though, were more caught up with a British program made up entirely of footage shot by chimpanzees. In both arenas, the President’s State of the Union Address drew little reflection.
The State of the News Media 2009, PEJ's annual report on the health of American Journalism is available online. The study analyzes trends in the main media sectors and includes features like a Year in the News, Lessons from the Election and more.
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.