Archive for September, 2011


How Do We Feel About 9/11?

The memory of 9/11 still lingers strong, 10 years after the horrific event. Last week, New York re-opened the site with a 9/11 memorial, and Obama delivered a requiem there, in memorial of the victims of the tragedy.

One might think that the tragedy itself, would be a powerful enough driver behind 9/11’s, for lack of a better word, relevancy.

But you would be wrong, according to a Pew Research Center finding.

Percent of newshole allotted for 9/11-related stories (Courtesy of the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism)

The chart compares 9/11- related events in the past 5 years, and juxtaposes how much of the newshole, the space allotted for news after advertising, the events took up.

The biggest 9/11 story, according to the find, was the controversial declaration of Terry Jones, a pastor of the Christian Dove World Outreach Center in Gainsville, Florida, to burn a Quran on the anniversary of 9/11. Jones, a seemingly inflammatory character who posted “Islam Is Of The Devil” outside of his church, took up 19.4% of the newshole for the planned Quran burning.

According to the study, during the week of the planned Quran burning, the Terry Jones story accounted for 70 percent of the 9/11-related newshole, while other miscellaneous 9/11 memorials and tributes accounted for just 30 percent.

It is important to note, that this finding was released just before the 10-year memorial of the 9/11 attacks. Of course, often in the news cycles, news producers focus on incremental anniversaries, usually every 5 or 10 years after an event.   

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