Table 7-4
Leading nightly news story lines on science and technology, by topic area: 2005 and 2006
(Annual minutes of coverage)
Topic area/leading story line    2005       Topic area/leading story line    2006
Science, space, and technology            Science, space, and technology     
NASA Space Shuttle program   146       NASA Space Shuttle program   59
Databases invade privacy: files on individuals   30       Internet used for social networking by teenagers   27
NASA Deep Impact astronomy probe studies comet   10       Digital media: videostreams shared viral networks   23
Internet online commerce volume increases   10       China censors Internet access, e-mail traffic   13
Internet hardcore pornography proliferates   9       Computer laptop batteries fire safety recall   12
Digital media: online downloadable music   8       Internet search engine private data sought   11
Computer executive Carly Fiorina fired   8       Solar system astronomy: Pluto disqualified as planet   10
NASA mulls renewed manned missions to moon   7       Cellular telephone use log privacy easily invaded   8
Digital media: online video on demand   7       Internet gambling Websites operate offshore   8
Computer privacy invaded by spyware software   6       NASA Hubble space telescope needs repair   7
Biotechnology/basic medical research           Biotechnology/basic medical research    
Human embryo stem cell biotechnology research   62       War on cancer basic research efforts   50
Animal cloning in agriculture research   8       Human embryo stem cell biotechnology research   36
Animals-to-humans organ transplant research   6       Animal cloning in agriculture research   9

NOTES: Data reflect annual minutes of story coverage on these topics by major networks ABC, CBS, and NBC, out of approximately 15,000 total annual minutes on weekday nightly newscasts. Shown are the 10 science, space, and technology story lines receiving most minutes of coverage in 2005 and 2006 and the 3 biotechnology and basic medical research story lines receiving more than 5 minutes of coverage. Excluded from science, space, and technology are stories on forensic science; math, science, and engineering education in schools; and media content. Excluded from biotechnology and basic medical research are stories on clinical research and medical technology.

SOURCE: Tyndall Report, special tabulations (March 2007),

Science and Engineering Indicators 2008