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State of the News Media
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The oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico was the most covered story in the U.S. mainstream media during the first 100 days after the rig exploded (from April 20 to July 28). What was the No. 2 story during the period?
The war in Afghanistan
The debate over immigration
The Supreme Court nomination of Elena Kagan
CNN’s Anderson Cooper, who reported extensively from the Gulf region during the oil spill, wasn’t always a cable news journalist. Which of these jobs has Cooper previously held?
Game show host
ABC news anchor
All of the above
Which of these people connected with the BP oil spill received the most media coverage in the first 100 days of the story?
Which official created a stir by apologizing to BP for a White House “shakedown” after the company agreed to set aside $20 billion for victims of the spill?
Mitch McConnell, Senate Minority Leader
Sarah Palin, Former Alaska Governor
Joe Barton, Texas Congressman
Louis Susman, U.S. Ambassador to the United Kingdom
Which media sector devoted the biggest share of its overall coverage to the oil spill during the first 100 days, according to PEJ’s
News Coverage Index
Newspaper front pages
Oil spill coverage introduced a whole lexicon of new terms to Americans. Which of the terms below refers to pumping solids mixed with drilling fluid into the well head?
Pick 'n Roll
Blind shear ram
Thinking about the blogosphere, which aspect of the oil disaster generated the most attention among bloggers, ranking as the most linked-to story in a given week between April 20 and July 28?
Memorials to the workers killed in the rig explosion
Video of the containment cap holding back the gusher
Revelations that BP had altered publicity photos of its command center
Release of rescued laughing seagulls
Which TV commentator criticized the White House for inaction on the spill, declaring: “These people are…begging for something down here. And, it just looks like [Obama’s] not involved in this”?
Which cable channel covered the oil spill most?
Five years ago, when Hurricane Katrina flooded the city, the New Orleans Times-Picayune paper had a daily circulation of 260,000. As it covers the massive oil spill in the region, what is the current circulation of the paper?
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