Last Week’s Network News: 30% Jackson Coverage

From the latest PEJ study of news coverage for the week of June 29-July 5:

The Jackson story filled 30% of the airtime studied on network news and 28% on cable news last week. Within the network news universe, the more feature-oriented morning shows spent more than half their time (56%) on the story compared with 20% in the evening.

Jackson coverage filled 17% of last week’s total news hole (down from 18% last week), the economic crisis was the second-biggest story (10% of news hole), and the drawdown of U.S. troops from Iraqi cities was the number three story (6%) .

Liz Cox Barrett is a freelance writer and graphic designer in Kalispell, Montana. She worked as a newspaper journalist in Denver and Kalispell for 20 years.