The second biggest story of the quarter was the 2008 presidential race, even with Election Day still 17 months away. The campaign consumed 7% of the newshole in the first three months, but that coverage has been quite lopsided. So far, the Democratic candidates have attracted about three times as much attention as the Republican contenders. And that is largely due to intense media interest in two people, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.
Those are some of the key conclusions drawn from the first quarterly report of the Project for Excellence in Journalism's News Coverage Index, a weekly content analysis of the coverage of 48 different outlets in five different media sectors.
Among the report's major findings:
View an article and charts highlighting the major findings at the Pew Research Center Web site.
Read the the full report "News Coverage Index Quarterly Report: Iraq War Coverage Mostly about the U.S., 2008 Presidential Campaign Coverage Mostly about Democrats" on the Project for Excellence in Journalism Web site.