Pew Research on 2009 News Stories
Pew Research Center has posted a particularly interesting breakdown of public interest vs. news coverage in 2009.
This year, the media’s top stories generally reflected the public’s top interests: The economic crisis, the new administration and the health care debate were the most covered news stories. But there were a number of occasions when news coverage exceeded the public’s interest and vice versa.
This charts reflects just part of their analysis:
You can read the report here.