Talkers focus on 2008


During a week when much of the news hole transitioned from a disaster in Minnesota to one in Utah, the 2008 presidential campaign still managed to get the lion’s share of the coverage with 16% of available time and space. The Project for Excellence in Journalism talk index found the gabmeisters more than willing to ride that train. In fact, they more than double the attention of newsers, giving the campaign a whopping 35% of the hole. Two events, the YearlyKos Convention for Democrats and the Iowa Straw Poll for Republicans, helped fuel the chat. Talkers agreed with newsers that the Utah mine disaster was the #2 story, but gave in only 11% compared to the 13% it got over in the news department.