The killing of a black man by a white police officer has sparked protests in cities across the U.S. and spurred a flood of news coverage.
To gauge the intensity of media interest in different parts of the country, I took a snapshot of the percentage of articles about several major cities where protests occurred.
While the volume of news coverage differs city by city, it tends to remain fairly steady.
New York City typically garners 4,000 articles a day on the Bloomberg system, while Chicago gets 500.
I computed the “intensity” of coverage by looking at the percentage of stories about a city that mentioned the Black Lives Matter protests.
–Minneapolis, where the protests started, slightly outpaced New York. Chicago and Philadelphia were comparable.
–Washington D.C. was on the lower end of the range.
–The baseline for large U.S. cities was 25% yesterday