The fact that there is an oil rig crisis in the Gulf of Mexico is nothing new, but fresh coverage of the ongoing attempts to stem the flow of oil into the ecosystem became a dominant story during the week of 5/24-30/10, according to the Project for Excellence in Journalism. The story claimed 38% of the newshole, dwarfing the attention levels afforded to other stories.
The primary season is heating up (some weeks have been hotter than others), and it was the only other story to make it into double digits. It just barely made it with a flat 10%.
The economic crisis (6%) and the immigration debate (5%) were the only other stories to get beyond the 3% level. As is often the case where coverage is dominated by a small number of stories, a wide variety of other narratives showed up on the top ten lists of the five media categories, but did not amass enough cross-media attention to make the overall top ten list.
|Oil rig explosion||38%||26%||26%||50%||57%||32%|
|Gays in the military||2%||x||2%||3%||4%||x|
|Gary Coleman dies||1%||x||4%||1%||x||x|
|2010 World Cup||x||2%||x||x||x||x|
|WV mine disaster||x||x||x||2%||x||x|
|War on Terror||x||x||x||x||x||2%|
|Source: Project for Excellence in Journalism|