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Content Analysis

A Year In The News
By the Project For Excellence In Journalism
Sector Highlights

YEAR IN REVIEW SECTORS

Newspapers
Cable
Network
Radio
Online
New Media

NEWSPAPERS

CABLE

Network

In 2009, news coverage provided by traditional broadcasters (ABC, NBC, CBS and PBS) reflected a number of patterns we have noted in previous years. There tends to be greater news priority differences between morning and evening network newscasts than among the commercial networks themselves. And PBS’ nightly NewsHour program tends to offer a different news menu than that of the commercial networks.

Radio

Viewed as a broad media sector, the news agenda on radio would appear to track closely with that of the media over all, with the exception of the health care debate, which received more attention on radio — and by a wide margin. But these numbers mask big differences in the character of content offered respectively by the three distinct segments contemporary radio news and information content today — public radio, talk radio and syndicated radio news headlines. PEJ examines these three segments by studying content from National Public Radio’s Morning Edition, network headline newscasts from CBS and Mutual Radio, and some of the  most popular commercial talk radio hosts in the country, both liberal and conservative. Each element of the radio sector has its own distinct character.

ONLINE