Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Claims of regional bias not borne out by study

We often hear the complaint that regional news is heavily bias towards the South Eastern corner of the country.

So news of the Newsography project is welcome.

It has set out to

see what basis there is for this argument? And is it possible to determine the extent of regional under representation whilst proving London enjoys near constant attention from the UK media?

They have come up with this splendid visualisation based on stories from the Guardian

which suggests that

the results challenged the initial proposition with London appearing to be under represented given it’s population size whilst cities such as Oxford, Cambridge and Brighton feature much more prominently than larger cities.

You can download a PDF to see how where you live features on the news agenda and Manchester,perhaps not surprsingly comes fairly high up.

Ht-Martin Belam

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