The ongoing saga of Deepwater Horizon pulled a 34% share of all news coverage during the week of 6/7-13/10, according to the latest tally from the Project for Excellence in Journalism. Only the 2010 elections managed to join that tale in the double-digit column, pulling down a 12% share.
Online news sources actually had nine of the overall top ten on the medium’s individual top ten chart, although the order of coverage was completely idiosyncratic.
Radio was the oddball. It placed the elections as the number one story, beating out the oil spill by a 23%-17% margin. And another story – marijuana legalization – garnered 9% of radio’s newshole, despite the fact that it showed up on none of the other four lists at all.
Although the oil rig story was going to beat out the elections for the number one slot, it was a mortal lock given another week of saturation coverage on cable news source, where it gathered in 63% of all available newscasting time.
|Tea Party movement||x||x||3%||x||x||x|
|Health care debate||x||x||x||2%||x||3%|
|Catholic abuse scandal||x||x||x||x||x||3%|
|Source: Project for Excellence in Journalism|