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Journalisted Weekly: Cameron in China, students in London, Suu Kyi in Burma

November 16th, 2010Posted by in Journalism, Newspapers, Online Journalism, Politics

Journalisted is an independent, not-for-profit website built to make it easier for you, the public, to find out more about journalists and what they write about. It is run by the Media Standards Trust, a registered charity set up to foster high standards in news on behalf of the public, and funded by donations from charitable foundations.

Each week Journalisted produces a summary of the most covered news stories, most active journalists and those topics falling off the news agenda, using its database of UK journalists and news sources. From now on we’ll be cross-posting them on Journalism.co.uk.

for the week ending Sunday 14 November
  • Coverage of David Cameron’s trip to China slightly surpassed news about student fees and subsequent protests
  • George W Bush’s presidential memoirs were widely covered in the UK and elsewhere
  • The minister for universities was hardly mentioned

The Media Standards Trust’s latest report ‘Shrinking World: The decline of international reporting in the British press’ is now available to download

For the latest instalment of Tobias Grubbe, journalisted’s 18th century jobbing journalist, go to journalisted.com/tobias-grubbe

Covered lots

  • David Cameron in China, where the prime minister went to promote UK-Chinese relations, 213 articles
  • An increase in tuition fees for students that sparked student protests and some rioting in Conservative HQ at Millbank, 196 articles
  • George Bush’s autobiography, in which he defended the use of waterboarding, 151 articles
  • Aung San Suu Kyi, who was released from house arrest in Burma on Sunday, 107 articles

Covered little

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

Celebrity vs serious

  • Take That, who appeared together for the first time since 1995 – on the X-Factor, 94 articles vs the formation of Iraq’s new power-sharing government, headed by Nouri Maliki, 28 articles
  • Ann Widdecombe, ex-politician turned ballroom dancer, 55 articles vs Paul Chambers, whose conviction for a tweet about ‘blowing up’ Robin Hood airport was upheld, 18 articles
  • Emma Watson, who attended the premiere of the new Harry Potter film, 51 articles vs child detention, in the week Clare Sambrook won a second award for her investigations and Peers condemned the government’s postponement of the ending of child detention, 3 articles

Who wrote a lot about…’Aung San Suu Kyi

Jack Davies – 11 articles (The Guardian), Phoebe Kennedy – 10 articles (The Independent), Andrew Buncombe – 6 articles (The Independent), Tim Johnston – 5 articles (Financial Times), Emma Cowing – 3 articles (Scotland on Sunday), Peter Walker – 3 articles (The Guardian), Mail Foreign Service – 2 articles (MailOnline)

Long form journalism

Tune in same time next week.

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