This year’s media round up

This year’s media round up

As the sun sets on another year, Journalista takes a step back and looks at the stories that have well and truly pitched their tents and occupied the headlines in 2011.

In a year of revolution, comings, goings and the inevitable controversies, it will be interesting to see which of the stories that dominated the media agenda will go on to define 2011 in years to come and which ones fall by the wayside.

For the year 2011 the topics that received the most coverage according to were…

Relative news coverage of topics in the UK media.

Celebrity versus serious


Featuring in an astonishing 29,803 different articles, there are no surprises that prime minister David Cameron not only leads the way for politicians but was the most covered individual in 2011.

Second place is also unsurprising, in a year where the economy remained at the forefront of national concerns, it was the resident of Number 11 – George Osbourne – who appeared on 12,366 occasions.

In the battle of the party leaders it is in fact deputy prime minister and coalition partner Nick Clegg, 9,291 articles, overshadowed Labour leader Ed Milliband who mustered 8,353. This of course does not take the tone of the coverage into account so second place may not be as rosy a spot at it may first seem.

Elsewhere, there were notable appearances for Tony Blair (6,486 articles), Gordon Brown (5,665 articles), William Hague (4,991 articles), Vince Cable (4,495 articles) and Boris Johnson (3,854 articles).


In the world of sport a list dominated by footballers was topped by tennis star Andy Murray who appeared in the mainstream media on 4,909 occasions. After beginning the year as the runner up to Novak Djokovic at the Australian Open, Murray went on to reach the semi-finals of every grandslam including the Wimbledon Championships on home soil.

The phenomenon of “Wimbledon fever” was demonstrated by the fact that 1,130 articles or 23 per cent of all the coverage Murray received in 2011 were confined to the two week period occupied by the tournament in SW19.

As ever, a significant proportion of coverage was focused on some sports stars’ activities off the field with a footballer who shall remain nameless. referred to as CTB during injunction proceedings, the subject of 3,180 stories.

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