New Media Index: On Social Media, a Conversation about Race

Apr 05, 2012

The often explosive issue of race became a common thread in social media last week as two very different kinds of stories generated passionate conversations.

For the second straight week, the February 26 shooting death of African American teenager Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman was a widely discussed topic. From March 26-30, it was the No. 1 topic on Twitter and No. 3 on blogs, according to the New Media Index from the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism. In addition, a video connected to the case was the most-viewed news clip on YouTube last week.

On Twitter last week, the largest storylines in the discussion were outrage that no arrest has been made in the case and sympathy for Martin and his family.

Read the full report, On Social Media, a Conversation about Race, on the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism website.

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