More on Coverage of the Great Recession

CJR’s Ali Fenwick this afternoon flagged the new Pew study on coverage of the economic crisis, which noted that newspapers did more local reporting, more enterprise reporting, and gave voice to more diverse sources than other sectors.

So if newspapers did more of that good stuff, other sectors must have done less, right? From the study:

Cable television and talk radio, two platforms that rely more than others on ideologically driven debate, focused more on the Beltway-based political aspects of the economy, such as the stimulus package battle. And in both sectors, overall coverage of the economy plunged dramatically when the story became less Washington-centric.

Something to think about while we beat up on newspapers for not being out front on the latest iteration of the Van Jones story.

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Greg Marx is an associate editor at CJR. Follow him on Twitter @gregamarx.