PEJ New Media Index: As 2010 Ends, Bloggers Get Wonky on the Economy

Jan 06, 2011

In the last week of the year, bloggers' interest in the economy reached its second-highest level for all of 2010.  But it wasn't exactly a passionate debate over stimulus dollars or tax policy. Instead, bloggers dissected new government parameters for measuring long-term unemployment.

For the week of December 27-31, 31% of the news links on blogs were about the economy, making it the No. 1 subject, according to the New Media Index from the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism.

Only once before in 2010 did the economy generate this much attention among bloggers-from October 4-8 three different economic stories made up a third (33%) of links.  The week of June 14-18 also came close at 29%, largely in response to President Obama's urging Congress to approve state and local government aid.

Read the full report As 2010 Ends, Bloggers Get Wonky on the Economy on the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism Web site.

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