Local News Coverage of the 2004 Campaigns: An Analysis of Nightly Broadcasts in 11 Markets

Publication Date: February 2005

Publisher: Lear Center Local News Archive (Project)

Author(s): Matthew Hale; Ken Goldstein; Martin Kaplan

Research Area: Media, telecommunications, and information; Politics

Type: Report


New research from Lear Center Local News Archive finds that i n the month leading up to Election Day 2004, viewers of local news saw nearly four-and-a-half times more stories about the presidential campaign than they did stories about all other political races combined. Only one third of all campaign stories focused on issues.