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PEJ News Coverage Index: Dec. 29, 2008 - Jan. 4, 2009, War in Gaza Casts Shadow over Transition

  • January 07, 2009

A bloody new chapter in the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians dramatically shifted the news agenda from domestic to foreign crises, dominating media attention in an otherwise crowded week of news.

The Gaza fighting between Israel and Hamas, which escalated from aerial warfare to fierce ground fighting, accounted for 21% of the newshole from Dec. 29-Jan. 4, according to the weekly News Coverage Index from the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism.

Other than the Iraq war, that made Gaza the second-biggest overseas story for any week during the past two years. Only the brief and one-sided conflict between Georgia and Russia, which filled 26% of the newshole from Aug. 11-17 2008, generated more coverage.

Read the full report War in Gaza Casts Shadow over Transition on the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism Web site.