News Coverage Index

The News Coverage Index from the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism is an ongoing weekly quantitative analysis of the news coverage by 48 outlets from five sectors of the media -- network TV news, newspapers, online news sites, cable news and radio news. Learn more about the survey’s methodology.

The News Coverage Index is designed to provide news consumers, journalists and researchers with quantitative analysis of news coverage, including the trajectories of major stories and differences among media channels.

This project is undertaken in conjunction with the News Interest Index of the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press, a survey of the public’s interest in and attentiveness to major news stories. Every week, the findings of the two surveys are paired to indicate the interplay between the stories that interest the public and the coverage by the major news media. The findings help journalists and researchers evaluate news coverage, and also can enable news directors make better-informed decisions.

The Project for Excellence in Journalism is part of the Pew Research Center in Washington, D.C. The center, a Pew subsidiary, conducts public opinion polling and social science research; monitors news and analyzes news coverage; and holds forums and briefings. It does not take positions on policy issues.

For more information, visit the News Coverage Index from the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism.


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