PEJ News Coverage Index: May 9-15, 2011. Bin Laden Coverage Still Leads but the Narrative Changes

May 14, 2011

The death of Osama bin Laden continued to dominate the news last week, but the narrative finally began to shift from dissecting the May 1 raid to more controversial topics, such as politics and Pakistan.

From May 9-15, the bin Laden saga filled 24% of the newshole, according to the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism. That represents a drop off of nearly two thirds from the previous week (69%), as measured by PEJ’s weekly News Coverage Index, but it was still nearly triple the attention to any other story.

A week earlier, the bin Laden story was the biggest ever measured in a single week by PEJ, since it began this research in January 2007.

Read the full report, Bin Laden Coverage Still Leads but the Narrative Changes on the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism Web site.

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