News focus is all over the map in April’s second week


The dominant news story for some time has been health case, but during the week of 4/5-11/10, it almost fell off the radar screen, according to the latest news coverage report from the Project for Excellence in Journalism. Of the long-term narratives, the economic crisis was on top with 8%, but it was eclipsed by the West Virginia mine explosion.

Health care claimed 3% of the newshole despite the fact that it made the top ten list of only one medium. That was radio, and radio continued to give the story a big boost, devoting 12% of air time to it.

The announced retirement of Supreme Court Justice Stevens, the nuclear summit and the return to competition by Tiger Woods were all part of an eclectic mix that included 15 separate stories that were not on the overall top ten list but made the top ten list of at least one of the five monitored media.

Story Overall Newspaper Online NetTV CATV Radio
WV mine disaster 17% 8% 18% 27% 22% 9%
Economic crisis 8% 15% 4% 9% 3% 15%
Justice Stevens retires 7% x 9% 7% 10% 6%
Nuclear policy 6% 5% 7% 6% 7% 4%
Tiger Woods 5% x 5% 9% 9% x
2010 elections 3% 3% x x 5% 6%
Obama administration 3% x x x 6% 10%
Health care debate 3% x x x x 12%
Domestic terrorism 2% x 4% 2% 3% x
Afghanistan 2% x x 3% x 5%
Eastern floods x 4% x x x x
Polish president killed x 4% x x x x
Cyberspace issues x 4% x x x 3%
Education system x 3% x x x x
Toyota recalls x 3% x x x x
US airline industry x 3% x 2% x x
Pakistan x x 4% x x x
Catholic abuse scandal x x 4% x x x
Events in Iraq x x 4% x x x
NCAA basketball x x 3% x x x
Baja earthquake x x x 3% x x
GOP expense scandal x x x 2% x x
Sarah Palin x x x x 3% x
Tea Party movement x x x x 3% x
Nigeria violence x x x x x 3%

Source: Project for Excellence in Journalism