How 9-11 Changed News

  • September 11, 2006

The tragic events of September 11th, 2001 changed many things in America--including, not surprisingly, coverage of the news, reports a study by Project for Excellence in Journalism.

If the network evening news is any proxy, the 9/11 attacks on Washington and New York and the resulting wars have led to increased coverage of foreign policy and global conflict on the network evening news, but less coverage of domestic issues, according to data from ADT Research's Tyndall Report, which monitors those newscasts.

Nonetheless, the mix of traditional hard news and soft features has remained virtually the same.

Those are the findings drawn from the four years of network newscasts prior to 2001 (1997 to 2000) and the four years since (2002 through 2005) according to data generated for the Project for Excellence in Journalism by ADT Research.