PEJ News Coverage Index: August 22-28, 2011. From Tripoli to the East Coast, a Week of Big Events

Aug 30, 2011

In a week in which two powerful natural disasters rocked the East coast media capitals, the rebel victory in war-torn Libya led the news.

The end of Col. Muammar Gaddafi’s 42-year grip on the North African country was the No. 1 story for the week of August 22-28, accounting for 25% of the newshole, according to the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism. Unrest elsewhere in the Mideast, particularly Syria, filled another 2% of the newshole.

The extensive coverage of the takeover of Green Square in Tripoli by NATO-backed rebels came after a dramatic decrease in recent media attention to the conflict and the region. The week the U.S. and NATO forces entered the Libyan fighting (March 21-27), coverage of Mideast turmoil spiked to 47% and remained very high (38%) the following week.  But it fell to just 5% in the month leading up to the deposing  of Gaddafi.

Read the full report, From Tripoli to the East Coast, a Week of Big Events, on the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism Web site.

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