There’s definitely a lot of important activity going on, both in the US and abroad. But no one issue is news-dominant, according to the latest Project for Excellence in Journalism report for the week of 9/28/09-10/4/09.
Health care edged out Iran as the #1 story overall, but among the five media studied, three had an alternate #1. The economy, Iran and the 2016 Olympics were the other hot topics.
Radio and cable both stayed with health care, giving it 20% and 21% of the newshole respectively, which is what put the story on top among all five media. Network television had it as a top 10 story, but gave it only 4% of available news time.
Two scandals managed to get into the top ten, with Roman Polanski outpolling David Letterman 4% to 2%.
Here are complete results:
|Health care debate||11%||9%||6%||4%||20%||21%|
|Roman Polanski arrest||4%||3%||4%||7%||3%||2%|
|Ardi fossil discovery||x||4%||x||x||x||x|
|VA gubernatorial election||x||3%||x||x||x||x|
|Texting and driving||x||3%||x||x||x||x|
|Typhoons in Far East||x||x||3%||x||x||x|
|Mexican drug war||x||x||x||x||x||2%|
Source: Project for Excellence in Journalism