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Bin Laden Killed: A News Coverage Record

The Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism has been tracking mainstream media coverage with its News Coverage Index since January 2007, and a record was set during the week of May 2-8 when the death of Osama Bin Laden accounted for 69 percent of the newshole, edging the week of Aug. 25-31, 2008, when the Democratic Party nominated Barack Obama for president and Republican nominee John McCain introduced Sarah Palin as his vice presidential candidate (slightly below 69 percent).

Bin Laden coverage dominated cable TV, accounting for 90 percent of airtime, and his death was the subject of 28 percent of stories for the week, the most since the week of Jan. 19-25, 2009, following the inauguration of Obama.

To illustrate how dominant Bin Laden coverage was, the second-ranked story for the week was the U.S. economy, which finished a whopping 64 percent behind the leader, accounting for just 5 percent of the newshole.

Breaking down the coverage, the actual mission to kill Bin Laden accounted for 36 percent, followed

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Drudge Report Still a Significant Traffic Driver to News Sites

The Drudge Report may pale in comparison to Google, Facebook, and Twitter when it comes to size and scale, but in terms of driving traffic to news sites, it more than holds its own, according to a report released today by the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism.

Of the 25 top news sites studied, The Drudge Report was a key driver of traffic to 19 of them, ranking second or third for 12 of the sites and posting impressive totals including 11 percent to FoxNews.com.

In terms of power users — defined as users who visited sites 10 or more times per month — three of the top six were cable news networks: CNN.com in first place with 17.8 percent, FoxNews.com at No. 2 with 16.4 percent, and msnbc.com coming in sixth with 11.1 percent.

In contrast, ABCNews.com drew 4.5 percent of visitors 10 or more times per month, and CBSNews.com just 2.2 percent.