There weren’t that many different news stories on the radar screens of the five media monitored by the Project for Excellence in Journalism during the week of 8/23-29/10. The 2010 elections prevailed as the #1 story out of a mixed bag of competition.
Cable and radio outlets propelled the elections to the top spot. Newspaper picked the economy, while online and network TV outlets focused on the five-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.
There were not that many stories under the radar, showing up on just one or two media top ten lists. A very unusual inclusion there, however, was coverage of the Glenn Beck rally, which got 2% of one medium newshole and 3% of three others, yet still failed to find a slot on the overall top ten list.
Network television had a pair of odd items on its list – it’s not that they alone covered the stories, but that they alone gave double-digit coverage to the egg recall and the tale of trapped Chilean miners.
|NY mosque controversy||6%||x||2%||4%||14%||9%|
|Trapped Chilean miners||4%||x||5%||11%||2%||x|
|Events in Iraq||3%||6%||x||4%||x||x|
|Tea Party movement||3%||x||7%||x||2%||x|
|Glenn Beck rally||x||x||3%||2%||3%||3%|
|Talk show host wars||x||x||x||x||x||3%|
|Source: Project for Excellence in Journalism|