NewsTrack 3: Coverage of Justice Scalia’s Death

Following the recent passing of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, much has been said about what should be done with his seat moving forward. Should President Obama nominate a replacement for Scalia now? There has also been a great deal of coverage honoring the life of the first Italian-American justice., my NewsTrack site, is always on top of its game in terms of covering the major issues, and this case is no different. For many Americans who may not have been familiar with Scalia beyond the fact that he was a significant conservative judge, CNN has published a number of articles celebrating his life and explaining his many accomplishments within the Supreme Court.

CNN’s home page, almost a week after his death, still has a variety of articles on this important topic, its implications, and the next steps to find his replacement.

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Upon further review, one can see that CNN, realizing politics is one of its areas of expertise, has over 100 articles, videos, and interactive stories about Scalia in just this short time period. Unlike its coverage of the Super Bowl, which was minimal, CNN has hit this topic hard, and rightfully so.

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Immediately following his death CNN published news-type articles simply outlining the facts regarding his death. There were also column-type pieces like this one that explain what Scalia meant to this country. There are even articles and videos integrated into their coverage that explore the conspiracy theories about his passing.

As always, CNN’s coverage is accessible to the average reader, and incorporates a number of multimedia¬†elements into their stories that keep the readers coming back.

A tough story, but CNN handled it just about as well as one could hope a major news outlet would.


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