PEJ New Media Index: Japan and Global Warming Top the Bloggers’ Agenda

Apr 14, 2011

Last week, bloggers focused on two subjects that have resonated in social media before. One, the recovery efforts in Japan, has been a major topic three out of the last four weeks. The other, the climate change debate, is a subject that galvanized bloggers a year ago, but has receded since.

From April 4-8, 28% of the news links on blogs were about the fallout -- literally and figuratively -- from the earthquake in Japan, making it the week's No. 1 subject, according to the New Media Index from the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism.

Most of the news continued to be discouraging as bloggers spotlighted reports about bodies found at a nuclear power plant and high radiation levels measured nearby. And there was plenty of skepticism about whether Japanese citizens were being told the truth about the catastrophe. A report that Japan's Red Cross had raised $1 billion, but had yet to distribute any money to victims, drew particular interest and sparked a conversation about ways to find trustworthy charities.

Read the full report, Japan and Global Warming Top the Bloggers’ Agenda, on the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism Web site.

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