PEJ News Coverage Index: July 18-24, 2011. For a Second Straight Week, it’s the Debt Crisis and Tabloid Scandal

Jul 26, 2011

Two stories that have become fixtures in the headlines—the deadlocked debt debate and the intensifying News of the World phone hacking scandal—accounted for more than half of last week’s newshole, relegating other significant events to secondary status in the media.

During the week of July 18-24, the U.S. economy was the No. 1 story at 35% of the newshole, almost tied with the previous week’s level of interest (37%), according to the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism.

That marked the fifth week in a row that the economy topped the mainstream news agenda, the coverage almost entirely driven by bipartisan disagreement over raising the debt limit and how to trim the budget deficit. That storyline accounted for more than three-quarters of the economic coverage last week.

Read the full report, For a Second Straight Week, it’s the Debt Crisis and Tabloid Scandal, on the Pew Center for Excellence in Journalism Web site.

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