PEJ News Coverage Index: When Euro Zone Woes Make the News

May 24, 2012

With worries mounting over Greece’s possible exit from the European Union, attention to the economic problems in the euro zone accounted for 5% of the newshole last week. That level of attention made Europe’s financial woes the No. 3 story last week and represented the most weekly coverage generated by that subject since December 5-11, 2011.

The impact of Europe’s financial crisis has been felt in the U.S., affecting the stock market and raising economic fears that some analysts believe could impact the 2012 presidential election.  But how much coverage has it received in the U.S. media?  An examination by PEJ largely finds modest coverage, with a few notable spikes, in the past year.

From June 1, 2011-May 20, 2012, the European economic crisis has accounted for 2% of the newshole in U.S. media, making it the No. 5 story overall in that period—trailing  the presidential election (18%), U.S. economic woes (16%), the unrest in the Middle East (6%) and the war in Afghanistan (3%).

Read the full report, When Euro Zone Woes Make the News, on the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism website.

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