Topic: Outlets

Chart shows percentage of statements about different topics among top 5 print journalists since May 1. “Other” represents topics out of the top 5 for each journalist. Top journalists determined by highest quantity of articles written about the election. Time frame is May 1 – July 6.

How Top Election Journalists Are Framing Their Coverage

The top journalists who frame election topics in major newspapers have different coverage foci. While some have similar patterns, others seem to have their own agenda. In the past two…

Chart shows percentage of statements in 4thEstate’s sample of election coverage that came from Print (orange) and Television (green) outlets. Time frame is March 1 – June 30.

Print Liked GOP Primary – TV Likes General Election

While print coverage of the election has steadily dwindled since March, election coverage in television news and political talk shows continues. Political analysts, commentators, journalists and partisans continue to speculate,…

Chart shows sentiment of statements in articles on the election toward Mitt Romney and Barack Obama. Percentage of neutral statements not shown. Time frame is April 17 – June 23.

New York Times vs. Boston Globe Coverage

The New York Times and Boston Globe both amplify more negative sentiment than positive about the two candidates thus far in their respective coverage of the General Election. The candidate…

Chart shows percentage of statements about different topics on NPR’s Morning Edition. Time frame is April 13 – June 17.

NPR’s Morning Edition vs. All Things Considered

NPR’s Morning Edition program focused almost a quarter of its coverage on the the Policy issue of the economy. This was a very different coverage pattern than that of All…

Chart shows sentiment distribution of statements about Barack Obama in election coverage on FOX’s Special Report with Bret Baier. Time Frame is May 1 – June 5.

FOX & MSNBC Negative Coverage Patterns

In the month of May, MSNBC’s Hardball with Chris Matthews and FOX’s Special Report with Bret Baier amplified the negative campaigning tactics of both Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. It…

Chart shows percentage of statements about the top 5 topics among the top 5 newspapers in the past month. “Other” represents all topics outside of the top 5. Time frame is May 17 – June 14.

Top Newspapers Show Different Coverage Foci

Coverage by topic is extremely varied among the top five newspapers who reported on the presidential election in the past month. While all five newspapers share the same five topics…

Chart shows percentage of statements about and from Mitt Romney and Barack Obama out of total election coverage for each TV program. “Other” represents discussion of neither candidate. Time frame is May 1 – June 5.

MSNBC and FOX Coverage – Not What You’d Expect

In what might seem a little counter-intuitive, MSNBC is amplifying Romney more than Obama while FOX News is amplifying Obama more than Romney. Coverage of Obama and Romney varies widely…

Chart shows percentage of statements about Mitt Romney and Barack Obama in the San Francisco Chronicle and Boston Globe. “Other” represents statements about neither candidate. Time frame is May 1 – May 29.

Marked Contrast in SF Chronicle vs. Boston Globe Coverage

In the month of May, the coverage of the Presidential Election candidates was markedly different between the San Francisco Chronicle and the Boston Globe. In the San Francisco Chronicle, 70%…

Chart shows VoiceShare (percent of statements from females) in articles of top 15 print outlets (based on total statement volume per newspaper). Time frame is Nov 1 – May 15.

Female Newsmaker Representation in Print Media

Including candidate statements (blue), female VoiceShare does not rise above 19%, hovering just between 10-15% for the majority of the top newspapers. The worst offender among top newspapers is the…

Chart shows VoiceShare (percentage of statements about/from) Obama and Romney in election coverage in the New York Times and Washington Post. Time frame is April 15 – May 13.

New York Times Ramps up Obama Coverage

In the past month, the New York Times has covered Barack Obama significantly more than the Washington Post. In Chart 1, we can see that just under half (44%) of…

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