PEJ News Coverage Index: August 15-21, 2011. Barack Obama and Rick Perry Drive the Week’s News

Aug 23, 2011

The economy and presidential election led the news agenda last week as two men vying for the same job played a dominant role in those narratives — President Barack Obama and Texas Governor Rick Perry.

From August 15-21, the economy was the top story, accounting for 25% of the newshole according to the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism. That marked the ninth straight week the subject has topped the news even as the level of economic coverage dropped for the third consecutive week.

Continued volatility in the stock market accounted for some of the economic stories last week. But the leading storylines involved Obama’s Midwest bus tour focusing on the jobs and the economy as well as news that the president will deliver a major economic address next month.

Read the full report, Barack Obama and Rick Perry Drive the Week’s News, on the Pew Center for Excellence in Journalism Web site.

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