Occupy Wall Street Takes Up 7% of News Coverage

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Data from the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism shows that in the first full week of October the protests took up more news coverage than the 2 percent recorded for the last week of September.

NEW YORK - Occupy Wall Street protesters say they represent 99 percent of Americans, and the amount of news coverage has been equivalent to early coverage of the Tea Party movement in 2009, the New York Times  reported.

Data from the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism shows that in the first full week of October the protests took up 7 percent of the nation’s collective news coverage, up from 2 percent in the last week of September, the Times said.

Before that, coverage was so modest that it was undetectable by Pew, which surveys 52 news outlets each week for its weekly study of news coverage, according to the Times.

The Pew research shows that cable news and radio started to give the protests significant coverage last week, often with opinions attached

In a Pew poll conducted early this month, 17 percent of respondents said they followed news coverage of the protests very closely last week, and an additional 25 percent said they followed the coverage fairly closely, the Times reported.

Michael Dimock, an associate director of the Pew Research Center, told the paper that there is a generational gap in attention though. He said 11 percent of those ages 18 to 29 cited the protests as the news story they followed most closely last week, while 3 percent of those ages 65 and older said the same.

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