PEJ New Media Index: Egypt Takes Center Stage on Blogs

Feb 10, 2011

Bloggers were consumed with the upheaval in Egypt last week, using the platform to relay news updates, provide context to the crisis and debate the implications of the situation.

From Jan. 31-Feb. 4, fully 57% of the news links on blogs were about the unrest in Egypt, marking only the second time in the past nine months that a subject has garnered that much attention, according to the New Media Index from the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism. (The shootings in Arizona that severely wounded Rep. Gabrielle Giffords also received 57% of the links the week of Jan. 10-14.)

Indeed, the Egyptian crisis last week became the third-largest international story tracked by PEJ since it began the NMI in January 2009. The only overseas topics to surpass it were the UK elections in May 2010 and the protests following the disputed Iranian elections in June 2009.

Read the full report Egypt Takes Center Stage on Blogs on the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism Web site.

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