PEJ New Media Index: The Tucson Tragedy Dominates on Blogs

Jan 20, 2011

The January 8 shootings in Tucson that killed six and severely injured Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords drew more attention in the blogosphere than any subject in the past eight months.

From January 10-14, the tragic event received 57% of the news links on blogs, according to the New Media Index from the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism. (In a clear indication of the international flavor of blogging, the last time a subject attracted more interest was May 10-14, 2010, when the UK elections generated 61% of the links.)

The shooting story was also a major event in the mainstream media last week, where it filled a whopping 57% of the newshole.

Read the full report The Tucson Tragedy Dominates on Blogs on the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism Web site.

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