It was ever so slight a change, but for the first time in quite awhile, it took a 2% share of available news time and space for a story to make the Project for Excellence in Journalism overall top ten list. The election still dominated the list during the week of 2/25/08-3/2/08, but it’s share was down to 38%, from 44% the week before, making just enough room to allow the broader scope featured during the week. The economy reclaimed its #2 ranking in the absence of any major one-time tragedy/disaster stories. PEJ breaks ongoing Iraq coverage into three general story types: Events in Iraq, the Iraq debate and Iraq homefront.
Throughout most of 2007, the combined totals of these three categories could be counted on to dominate, lead or have a strong presence on the list. This week continued a trend where they are barely visible.
Despite the fact that foreign events accounted for five headings, only one involved Iraq, and it claimed a mere 3% share. And instead of violence, it was the violins of the New York Philharmonic managed to bestow a 2% share on North Korea.
|FL power outage||2%||x||x||1%||4%||x|
|Pew religion study||x||4%||x||x||x||x|
|Microsoft 1.3B EU fine||x||x||3%||x||x||x|
|Airline passenger dies||x||x||2%||1%||x||x|
|Bobby Cutts trial||x||x||x||x||5%||x|
|Toxin in Vegas hotel||x||x||x||x||5%||x|
|Chicago mall explosion||x||x||x||x||1%||x|
|Health care debate||x||x||x||x||x||3%|
Source: Project for Excellence in Journalism