Despite a substantial drop-off in recent coverage, the BP oil spill still generated about twice as much attention as the next biggest story last week. And a variety of subjects—from domestic politics and Afghanistan to the economy and a spy swap—completed the roster of top stories.
The Gulf disaster, at 15% of the newshole, was the top story for the week of July 8-11, according to the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism. That represents the same level of coverage as the previous week when it was also No. 1. But for a story that accounted for 44% of the weekly newshole as recently as June 14-20, the trend of significantly diminished coverage is evident.
Read the full report Oil Leads Again As Stocks, Spies and Politics Contend for Coverage on the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism Web site.