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

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)