The top national news stories of the week, as measured by news coverage, included Howard Cain and Penn State scandals according to Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism.
In San Antonio, the layoffs of dozens of workers within the Baptist Healthcare System and the financial forensic investigation into the La Vernia school district crowned local Examiner Headline news.
“For the week of November 7-13, the 2012 presidential election was the No. 1 story, filling 24% of the newshole,” Pew reported. Allegations of sexual harassment against contender Herman Cain caused the uptick in coverage.
With new accusers surfacing, Cain intensely denied their allegations, affecting more than half of all national campaign coverage.
The second biggest story of the week was coverage of the sex charges against former Penn State college football coach Jerry Sandusky. Over 17% of the national news covered Sandusky, who was arrested after charges he sexually abused young boys over a 15-year period.
Perjury charges “filed against two Penn State officials, the firing of the university president, and most notably, the firing of legendary head football coach Joe Paterno” rapidly pushed the scandal upward in coverage.
Locally the Examiner was the first in news media to report the sudden layoffs of workers at San Antonio’s largest healthcare provider, Baptist Health systems.
The second highest read local story was about the community of La Vernia, whose school district has been racked with scandal and news since last March. The arrest of a teacher for drugs, the suicide of an assistant vice principal and a criminal investigation into inappropriate fund handling are including in this developing story.
No. 3 and No. 4 locally, are stories about the parents of slain Custom Border Agent Brian Terry spoke against U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and investigation by San Antonio Police into the local connection of the Penn State scandal.
#5 The suicide-leap of a man from a San Antonio interchange.
#6 The capture of four tons of pot on the border by law enforcement.
“The No. 3 national story, at 11%, was the economic crisis in Europe, which last week became an even bigger political crisis as Greece worked to form a new government and Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi announced his resignation after the country’s Parliament agreed to approve economic austerity measures.”
Coming in a #4 and #5 nationally were the U.S. economy, (“which at 8% represented the lowest level of attention to the subject since late August”) and, at 7%, were November 8 election results, “including the outcome of a crucial referendum in Ohio, where voters struck down a measure passed last March that sharply limited the collective bargaining rights of public employee unions, and in Mississippi, where citizens voted down an effort to declare a fertilized egg a person.”
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