The Project for Excellence in Journalism analyzed 50,508 stories across platforms (television, print, radio, online) and created an interactive that lets us compare and contrast the frequency with which news stories played out across the media spectrum.
Interested in seeing how Fox, CNN and MSNBC filled their respective newsholes with Congressional scandals? You can do that. War on Terror? You can do that too.
Besides topics and media outlets, the tool lets you choose across criteria such as newsmakers and geography.
Sharp analysis is already emerging from those fiddling around with the tool. John Sides at Monkey Cage chose to focus on the coverage female newsmakers received across the cable networks, with some interesting if unsurprising results. Daniel Little, at Understanding Society, to whom Sides links, reveals something a little more surprising by comparing how much of their coverage cable networks gave over to non political (at least on the surface) news stories from 2010 (the Economy, the BP oil spill, the Haiti earthquake, the Toyota recall, “cyberspace”).
PEJ’s News Coverage Index monitors news in 52 different mainstream media outlets from print, online, cable, network broadcast and radio. The New Media Index monitors commentary on millions of news-focused blogs as identified by the web tracking site Icerocket, and the leading news topics on Twitter as identified by the web tracking site Tweetmeme.