Study Scores News Media On Economic Coverage
August 19, 2008 at 5:36 AM (PT)
A study by the PROJECT FOR EXCELLENCE IN JOURNALISM takes the news media to task for lagging coverage of the economic downturn and a reliance on government data rather than in-depth reporting. The study asserts that news coverage at times lags months behind current conditions.
The study found that the economy has been the number two story behind the election and in front of the IRAQ war. Radio's coverage as a percentage of newshole depended on which part of radio was considered, with news radio (defined as hourly newscasts plus NPR's "MORNING EDITION") devoting 5.6% of its newshole to the economy, closely trailing newspapers (6.4%) and TV network evening news (5.9%). Talk radio, which tended to talk about the economy only when there were "flash point" issues, trailed with 1.9%, with both conservative and liberal hosts about the same.
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