The U.S. economy topped the news last week, powered in large part by increasing attention to the Occupy Wall Street protests.
At the same time, the narrative about the protests became decidedly partisan and political.
From October 10-16, the economy filled 24% of the newshole, up slightly from 22% the previous week, according to the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism. This also marked the third consecutive week in which coverage of the protests grew, according to PEJ’s weekly News Coverage Index, which tracks the media agenda, or the attention paid to different topics in the news. Last week, the Occupy Wall Street storyline increased to 9% of the overall newshole compared with 7% the previous week and 2% the week before that.
Read the full report, Coverage of Wall St. Protests Keeps Growing, Gets More Political, on the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism Web site.