Journalisted Weekly: Royal engagement, Irish bailout, Nato summit

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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

for the week ending Sunday 21 November

  • The announcement of Prince William’s engagement to Kate swamped main and celebrity news
  • Ireland’s debt crisis came the the fore of political and financial news
  • A re-occurrence of human bird flu, an impending North-South Korean conflict, and riots in Haiti received little coverage

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Covered lots

  • Prince William and Kate Middleton, announcing their engagement after 8 years of courtship, 411 articles
  • Ireland’s debt crisis, with the Euro country reluctantly accepting an EU bailout, 285 articles
  • The Nato summit in Lisbon, where members discussed Afghanistan, Russia, arms control, and the Turkey (Nato) Cyprus (EU) veto problem, 119 articles

Covered little

  • Riots in Haiti against UN peacekeepers, accused by locals of bringing cholera to the country, 16 articles
  • North and South Korea on the brink of conflict, but still with little coverage despite growing rumblings on their border, 15 articles
  • First human case of bird flu in seven years, diagnosed in Hong Kong last week, 6 articles

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

Celebrity vs serious

Who wrote a lot about…’Ireland’s debt crisis’

Henry McDonald – 9 articles (The Guardian), John Murray Brown – 9 articles (Financial Times), Peter Spiegel – 7 articles (Financial Times), Rachel Cooper – 7 articles (Daily Telegraph), David Oakley – 6 articles (Financial Times), Elena Moya – 6 articles (The Guardian)

Long form journalism

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