PEJ New Media Index: The Social Media Agenda--From Supreme Court Rulings to Ancient Books

Apr 07, 2011

Bloggers conversed about an eclectic mix of topics last week that were far from headline news on front pages or cable talk shows.

The top stories on blogs from March 28-April 1 ran the gamut from the Supreme Court to ancient texts, according to the New Media Index from the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism.

The No. 1 story, with 13% of links, was a Supreme Court decision overturning a verdict awarding $14 million to a man formerly on death row. A close second, with 12% of links, was a BBC radio piece by author Zadie Smith arguing against closing public libraries. Tied for third (9%) was a story about the creation of artificial clouds to provide shade for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar and an op-ed column about the collapse of Detroit. The final story (5%) involved photographs that may shed light on the early years of Christianity.

Read the full report, The Social Media Agenda--From Supreme Court Rulings to Ancient Books on the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism Web site.

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