PEJ News Coverage Index: October 17-23, 2011. Death of a Dictator Leads the News

Oct 25, 2011

The capture and killing of former Libyan leader Col. Muammar Gaddafi dominated the news late last week. 

In what looked like another week in which the news media would be focused above all on the 2012 election, the narrative abruptly shifted to Libya when images of the bloodied dictator appeared online and on television early Thursday. Overall attention to turmoil in the Middle East, almost all of which was about Libya, accounted for 18% of the newshole during the week of October 17-23, according to the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism.

It was the first time in nearly two months that the region got so much attention, according to PEJ’s weekly News Coverage Index (during the week of August 22-28, the end of Gaddafi’s grip on power drove the subject to 26% of the newshole studied).

Read the full report, Death of a Dictator Leads the News, on the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism Web site.

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