The Project for Excellence in Journalism is a tax exempt research organization in the US that uses empirical methods to evaluate and study the performance of the press. It asserts that it is "non partisan, non ideological and non political". Its director is Tom Rosenstiel, a professor of journalism who has served as a media critic and political correspondent for the Los Angeles Times and Newsweek.
The News Coverage Index is a weekly report produced by the Project for Excellence in Journalism which identifies the main subjects covered by the mainstream media in the United States and analyses the percentage of the available space, or Wikt:news hole, devoted to each major subject. It is used to analyze media coverage of events such as Occupy Wall Street.
^Brian Stelter (November 20, 2011). "Protest Puts Coverage in Spotlight". The New York Times. Retrieved November 21, 2011. "An analysis by the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism indicates that the movement occupied 10 percent of its sample of national news coverage in the week beginning Oct. 9, then steadily represented about 5 percent through early November. Coverage dipped markedly, to just 1 percent of the national news hole, in the week beginning Nov. 6, supporting Ms. Shepard’s assertion that it had “died down” before the early morning eviction in New York last Tuesday. It has since rebounded strongly."