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Republicans, Gareth Bale, & university fees

for the week ending Sun 7 November 2010
  • The Republicans, who made a strong comeback against Obama in the US mid-terms, were covered lots
  • Gareth Bale's performance against Internazionale attracted many admiring pieces
  • Though there was little coverage of the mass grave uncovered in Mexico, or of the record ransom claimed by Somali pirates

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Covered lots

  • Republicans, who won enough seats in the US mid-terms to take control of the House of Representatives, 340 articles (with the insurgent 'Tea Party' generating 261 articles)
  • Gareth Bale,the architect of Tottenham Hotspur's victory over Internazionale, 189 articles
  • University fees, rising to £9,000 by 2012 after proposed Coalitian cuts, 122 articles

Covered little

  • Somali pirates, having received a record ransom of £7.6 million for South Korean oil tanker and a Singaporean ship, 12 articles
  • A vision chip, which has restored sight to a blind man following tests in Germany, 10 articles
  • A mass grave uncovered near Acapulco in Mexico, alleged to be a revenge killing between two drug cartel families, 8 articles

Political ups and downs (top ten by number of articles)

Celebrity vs serious

Who wrote a lot about...'India and the US'

James Lamont - 10 articles (Financial Times), James Fontanella-Khan - 6 articles (Financial Times), Jason Burke - 5 articles (The Guardian), Edward Luce - 5 articles (Financial Times)

Long form journalism

Journalists who have updated their profile

Tony Barrell freelances for The Sunday Times, The Idler, Cornucopia, The Times (1992 - present). He was Chief Sub-Editor and Writer at The Sunday Times Magazine (1998 - 2007), Assistant Editor of Traditional Homes magazine (1989 - 1992), and Chief Sub-Editor of The Architects' Journal (1988 - 1989). He has two distinctions in French and German from Crawley College Institute of Linguists (1979-1981). He has been awarded the Ian Parry Scholarship (2004) of which the work is published in 'Eyes Wide Open: Photography by the Winners of the Ian Parry Scholarship' (2004). He is also East London Scrabble Champion (2006). Tony Barrell's Wikipedia profile can be viewed at www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tony_Barrell.

David Findlay freelances for The Scotsman, Scotland on Sunday, Edinburgh Evening News (2002 - present). He has also freelanced for The List magazine (2007 - 2010), The Herald & Post (2004 - 2005), The Herald (2002 - 2003), The Sunday Times (2001 - 2003), Daily & Sunday Express (2001 - 2002), the Daily Mail (2001 - 2002) and was General (News) Reporter for East Lothian Courier (2000 - 2001). He has a PgD in Online Journalism from Napier University, Edinburgh(1999-2000), and a BA Hons in Communication Studies from Queen Margaret University Edinburgh (1995-1999). He was educated at Kelvinside Academy, Glasgow (1988-1995). He is the author of 'Scotland Recommends (Luath Press Ltd, 2007). He was awarded the University medal for Outstanding Achievements on his PgD course at Napier University (2000), and a University prize in Honours year for computer mediated communication (1999).

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(posted by Camilla Schick on Mon 8 November 2010)