Coverage spreads out


The Israeli/Palestinian Gaza conflict won a split decision among the journalistic media assignment editors during the week of 12/29/09-1/4/09, according to the Project for Excellence in Journalism.

It received more attention from newspapers, online and on network TV, while cable and radio stuck with Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s troubles.

That was only third overall, however, as all five media spent a good bit of time and space dealing with the troubled economy.

There was also somewhat of a trend back to coverage of other Mideast stories in Iraq, Afganistan and even a smidgeon of coverage of Pakistan from the radio sector.

Story Overall Newspaper Online Net.TV CATV Radio
Gaza conflict 21% 24% 25% 20% 18% 19%
Financial crisis 13% 21% 12% 13% 9% 11%
Blagojevich scandal 10% 4% 2% 10% 19% 21%
New Obama administration 8% 8% 2% 10% 14% 6%
New Year’s celebrations 4% 4% 7% 6% x 2%
Presidential election results 2% x x x 8% x
Events in Iraq 2% 3% 3% x 2% 2%
Afghanistan 2% 3% 3% x x x
US auto industry 2% x 2% x x x
Immigration 1% x x x 3% x
Anthrax case x 3% x x x x
Health care debater x 3% x x x x
Iraq homefront x 2% x x x 2%
Thailand nightclub fire x x 4% x x x
Iraq policy debate x x 2% x x 2%
Midwest/Northwest weather x x x 3% x x
Hurricane Katrina aftermath x x x 2% x x
Avalanche in BC x x x 2% x x
Global warming x x x 1% x x
Cuba x x x 1% x x
Madoff banking scam x x x x 2% 2%
Bush’s last days in WH x x x x 2% x
Mexican drug war x x x x 2% x
Pakistan x x x x x 1%

Source: Project for Excellence in Journalism