The trajectories of the news coverage of the coronavirus outbreak in four major U.S. news sources shows a broad agreement about the timing, velocity and intensity of the story.
The number of daily of stories showed The Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, New York Times and Bloomberg started writing about the outbreak in January with a flurry of articles and accelerated coverage in February.
Although readers may not have noticed, all four sources started to reduce coverage in mid-March. The declines — albeit from record levels — have been more pronounced at the Times and Post.
A note on the data: I tallied the daily story counts from feeds of each publication on the Bloomberg professional terminal. In the case of Bloomberg, the volume includes only those long-form articles comparable to those that would appear in a newspaper.