Fort Hood still tops news rankers


The shootings at Fort Hood was the top story among US journalism outlets for the second week in a row, although this time it was not by a unanimous verdict across all media, according to the Project for Excellence in Journalism survey for 11/9-15/09. Radio, the lone dissenter, put the story #3.

The usual suspects of late were also at the top of the charts – the economy, health care and Afghanistan. The Fort Hood story easily took the overall top slot with 20% of the newshole. The economy and the health care debate were the only others to get into double-digits, but just barely with 11% each.

Four of the items on the overall top ten list were specific to the week and therefore unlikely to make a repeat appearance next week, including stories about Veterans Day, the Berlin Wall anniversary, the advent of Hurricane Ida and the execution of the DC sniper.

Story Overall Newspaper Online NetTV CATV Radio
Fort Hood shootings 20% 16% 14% 22% 30% 14%
Economic crisis 11% 15% 12% 6% 6% 21%
Health care debate 11% 8% 5% 7% 19% 17%
Afghanistan 7% 5% 10% 6% 9% 3%
Domestic terrorism 5% x 7% 5% 6% 7%
DC sniper execution 3% 3% 8% x x 1%
Veterans day 2% 2% 3% x 3% x
Berlin Wall anniversary 2% x 4% x 3% 2%
Hurricane Ida 2% x x 7% x 1%
Education system 2% 6% x x x x
Events in Iraq x 4% x x x x
Obama Asia trip x 4% x x x x
Pakistan x 2% x x x x
NASA moon bombing x x 3% x x x
Obama administration x x 3% x x x
Swine flu x x x 4% 2% x
Sarah Palin x x x 3% 4% x
US airline industry x x x 2% x x
David Letterman x x x 2% x x
Iraq War homefront x x x x 1% x
Supreme Court actions x x x x x 2%
Iraeli-Palestinian conflict x x x x x 1%

Source: Project for Excellence in Journalism