Pew: Economy, Middle East unrest the top stories of 2011

The Pew Research Center says No. 1 story in 2011 was the faltering U.S. economy, “with coverage increasing substantially from a year earlier when economic unease helped alter the political landscape in the midterm elections.” The economy made up 20% of the space studied in newspapers and online and time on television and radio news. Middle East unrest made up 12% and the 2012 president election, 9%.

The year 2011 was also characterized by a jump of more than a third in coverage of international news, by a growing contrast in the content of the three broadcast networks and by a series of dramatic breaking news events that dominated coverage in ways unprecedented in PEJ’s five years of studying news agenda.

* The top stories of 2011 (Pew Research Center)