According to Reporting the Arts II, a study of U.S. newspaper content conducted by the National Arts Journalism Program in October 2003, movies and music are the arts-and-culture disciplines that receive the most journalistic attention, both in terms of the "newshole" (the column inches of newspaper space that have not been reserved for paid advertisements) and the quantity of articles printed. Across 20 daily newspapers examined, articles about movies accounted for 22% of the arts-and-culture newshole and 23% of the arts-and-culture articles printed. Music articles were 20% of the arts-and-culture newshole and 23% of the articles printed.
The journalistic attention a topic receives does not necessarily reflect a topic’s overall prominence in newspapers, though. In addition to printing articles, such as movie reviews, newspapers devote significant space to listings' the "when and where" aspects of arts-and-culture. Listings accounted for close to half (45%) of the arts-and-culture newshole among the twenty newspapers examined in Reporting the Arts II.
When total arts-and-culture coverage is considered, the most prominent arts-and-culture discipline in U.S. newspapers is not movies, but television. While articles about television amount to just 10% of the arts-and-culture newshole, the total television coverage (both articles and listings) occupied more than a quarter (27%) of the newshole.