Journalisted Yearly: Election, World Cup, & WikiLeaks

for the week ending Sun 19 December 2010
  • Nothing dominates the press like a football World Cup, even when England perform poorly
  • The General Election, the X-Factor, and the BP Gulf oil spill were three of the other biggest stories of the year
  • Twitter and Facebook became household brands
  • Though India, Japan and Brazil failed to generate much press interest

Newsletter stats based on 892,330 articles published in the national press and on the BBC this year

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Covered lots this year

  • The football World Cup, which was spread across most front pages and back pages throughout June 2010, 22,413 articles
  • The General Election, that led to the formation of the Conservative - Liberal Democrat coalition government in May, 18,087 articles
  • Spending cuts, of which many were introduced by the incoming Coalition government, 11,152 articles
  • The X Factor, both a television and a news phenomenon, 9,740 articles
  • The BP Gulf oil spill, which remained headline news for almost 3 months, 4,471 articles
  • WikiLeaks, who released three loads of leaked information - Afghan war logs, Iraq war logs and US diplomatic cables, 2,859 articles
  • The volcanic ash cloud that hung over Europe and grounded all flights, 2,372
  • The 33 Chilean Miners whose incarceration and rescue captivated the world media, 944 articles

Covered little this year

  • Gun crime referred to in 296 articles, despite a General Election, shootings in Cumbria, and a nationwide hunt for the armed Raoul Moat
  • Parliamentary debate mentioned in only 222 articles
  • Child detention that continues into 2011 despite Lib Dem promises to end it, 101 articles
  • NHS waiting lists that were hardly mentioned, despite it being an election year, 27 articles
  • Saving Gateway, a £100 million pound scheme to encourage those on low incomes to save that was cut by the Coalition government, 24 articles
  • US-Saudi $60BN arms deal - the Obama adminstration does largest US arms deal in history, going to Saudi Arabia, 20 articles
  • The ongoing conflict in and around Kashmir, contributing to regional nuclear tensions, 119 articles

Most covered politicians

Under-exposed world leaders

(receiving less than 5% of coverage of Obama, who was mentioned in 19,704 articles)

Most written about sports stars

Countries of war, civil conflict, military occupation

  • War in Afghanistan, 8,572 articles
  • Iraq, with ongoing civil unrest after occupation, 8,393 articles
  • Haiti, with civil unrest after an earthquake, 4,216 articles
  • Sudan, with ongoing nomadic conflict, 3,433 articles
  • Burma, under a military-led government, 3,165 articles
  • Somalia, with inter-clan unrest and insurgency, 3,101 articles
  • Israel-Palestine, with ongoing dispute over territories, 2,755 articles
  • Sri Lanka, with ongoing human rights allegations after civil war, 2,647 articles
  • Yemen, battling insurgency, 2,120 articles
  • Democratic Republic of Congo, 1,049 articles
  • Mexico, with an ongoing drugs war, 1,011 articles
  • Kashmir, with insurgency against Indian administration and military, 850 articles

Celebrity vs serious

  • Simon Cowell, presenter of the X-Factor 4,146 articles vs Al Qaeda, 4,173 articles
  • Lady Gaga, singer and fashion icon, 3,739 articles vs. floods in Pakistan, in which almost 2,000 people died and over 20 million were affected, 1,285 articles
  • Cheryl Cole, singer and presenter of the X-Factor, 3,597 articles vs. Raoul Moat, on the run from police and shot after a nationwide hunt, 1,029 articles
  • Katie Price, 1,585 articles vs. Child Trust Funds, scrapped despite take-up by over 5 million people since 2002, 381 articles
  • Ann Widdecombe, ex-politician and Strictly Come Dancing contestant, 1,038 articles vs. Derrick Bird, taxi driver who went on a killing spree in Cumbria, 685 articles

Most over-used phrases

(with thanks to John Rentoul)

Most written about internet services

Who wrote a lot about...'David Cameron'

Nicholas Watt - 360 articles (The Guardian), Patrick Wintour - 294 articles (The Guardian), Michael White - 202 articles (The Guardian), George Parker - 201 articles (Financial Times), Andrew Grice - 189 articles (Independent), Macer Hall - 179 articles (Daily Express), Michael Settle - 178 articles (The Herald), Andrew Porter - 170 articles (The Telegraph), Hélène Mulholland - 156 articles (The Guardian), James Chapman - 152 articles (Mail Online)

Long form journalism

Most prolific journalists

(by number of articles)

Journalists with claimed and updated profiles

Paul Anderson has been a journalism lecturer at City University London since 2000, and freelances for Tribune (1998 - present), and The Guardian (1999-2009). He was deputy editor at New Times (1999-2000), news editor at Red Pepper (1998-1999), deputy editor for New Statesman and Society (1993-1996), dditor of Tribune (1991-1993), reviews editor of Tribune (1986- 1991), and deputy editor of European Nuclear Disarmament Journal (1984-1987). He studied for a NCTJ pre-entry Certificate in Periodical Journalism at the London College of Printing (1982-1983), and Politics, Philosophy and Economics (BA) at Balliol College, Oxford (1978-1981). Paul is the author of 'Orwell in Tribune: "As I Please" and Other Writings' (Politico's/Methuen, 2006), co-author (with Nyta Mann) of 'Safety First: The Making of New Labour' (Granta, 1997), and co-editor (with Mary Kaldor) of 'Mad Dogs: The US Raid on Libya' (Pluto, 1986). Paul's blog can be read at Follow Paul on Twitter @paul_anderson

Clare Sambrook is a novelist and freelance journalist writing for The Guardian, Open Democracy and Private Eye. She was a financial reporter and profile writer for the Daily Telegraph. She studied at Jesus College, Cambridge University. She is the author of 'Hide & Seek' (Canongate, 2005), and co-author of 'The Great Olympic Swindle' (Simon & Schuster, 2000). She was recently awarded the Bevins Prize for Outstanding Investigative Journalism 2010, and the Paul Foot Award 2010. She was shortlisted for the Young Minds Award (2005), longlisted for the Prince Maurice Awards (2005), shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year (2000), shortlisted for the Periodical Publishers Association Features Writer of the Year (1992), shortlisted for the Chartered Institute of Transport's Transport Journalist of the Year (1992), and shortlisted for UK Press Gazette Business Feature Writer (1992). She won the Prawer Prize for Essay on Drama at Jesus College Cambridge (1984), and the P.C. Vellacott History Essay Prize at Peterhouse, Cambridge (1981). Clare's website can be viewed at

Vishal Arora is a journalist in New Delhi, India. He travels, researches and writes on politics, religion, culture and foreign affairs in South and South-East Asia. He freelances for the Guardian, The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, World Politics Review, Foreign Policy in Focus, Religion News Service, and Lapido Media. He was Features Editor of The Caravan magazine, New Delhi, India (2008 - 2009).

Brandy Yanchyk is a freelance TV and Radio Reporter in London, and in Toronto and Edmonton for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. She is Founder and Executive Producer of documentaries Brandy Y Productions Inc. She currently freelances for Deutsche Welle Radio, BBC Travel Show Fast Track, BBC News Online, and BBC On Demand. She was a Broadcast Journalist for BBC World TV (2006 - 2008), and for BBC World Service (2005 - 2006). She studied Radio and Television Arts (BA) AT Ryerson University, Toronto, Ontario (2001-2003), and Specialization in Theatre Performance (BFA) AT Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec (1997-1999). Brandy's website can be viewed at Follow Brandy on Twitter at @brandyyanchykf

Bashdar Pusho Ismaeel freelances for the Washington Examiner, Asian Times, The Epoch Times, Asia News, The Daily Star (Lebanon), al-Arabiya News Network, Hewler Post, Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), KurdishMedia, PUK Online and OnlineOpinion( 2003 – present). He is currently Senior Editor\Political Analyst of Kurdish Globe (2005 – present) Bashdar's website can be viewed at Follow Bashdar on Twitter @bashdar_ismaeel

Martin Stabe has been Interactive Producer at the Financial Times since 2010. He was previously Online Editor for Retail Week (2008 - 2010), and New Media Editor for Press Gazette (2006 - 2008). He has an MA in International Journalism from City University (2004-2005). Martin's blog can be viewed at Follow Martin on Twitter @martinstabe

Salman Shaheen is a journalist for Euromoney Institutional Investor (2010 - present), and freelances for The Times of India, New Internationalist, The Globalist, and The Third Estate (2007 - present). He was Literature Editor for Varsity student newspaper, Cambridge (2005 - 2006). He completed work experience with ITN in 2006, and was general election blog editor for Red Pepper in 2005. He studied Creative Writing (MA) at the University oF East Anglia (2007-2008), and Social & Political Sciences (BA) at University of Cambridge (2004-2007). He was educated at Sir John Leman High School (1998-2003). He is author of 'UEA Creative Writing Anthology' (Egg Box, 2008), and 'In Our Own Words: A Generation Defining Itself' (Mw Enterprises, 2007). He was awarded the Jesus College, Cambridge Social & Political Sciences Prize in 2006. Salman is on the editorial board for The Third Estate, which can be viewed at Follow Salman on Twitter @salmanshaheen

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Journalisted Yearly 2010 stats are based on 892,330 articles published on national news websites and BBC news online this year. Journalisted weekly returns 4th January 2011

(posted by Martin Moore & Camilla Schick on Tue 21 December 2010)