News Reporting Jumps 7.85 Percent in August (Report)

11:48 AM PST 09/02/2011 by THR Staff
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Disasters, upheavals and the dire economy led to the most reported end of the summer in a decade.

Last month was one of the newsiest Augusts in a decade, with the number of news stories jumping 7.85 percent over the expected increase from the previous August, according to a recent report.

The Wall Street Journal, which surveyed all news articles written in August and indexed in the Factiva database, found this August to have the biggest increase in news in a decade. By comparison, the next biggest jump was in August of 2004, which saw a 5.37 percent increase in the run-up to the presidential election.

Stories about the economy dominated the news, with over a quarter of all articles written in the month addressing the world's financial troubles, according to a breakdown of the news put out by Pew's Project for Excellence in Journalism.

The ongoing unrest in the Middle East, the 2012 presidential campaign, Hurricane Irene and reports from Afghanistan rounded out the top five news generating stories.

By comparison, the 2010 elections were the most-written-about stories of last August, followed by the economy, which accounted for just 10 percent of all stories written.

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