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April 29, 2008

U.S. News Map

Recently this map, which shows how the picture of the US gets distorted if states are sized according to how much news they generate, attracted my attention.

Originally credited to Science News magazine, it appeared in the blog Strange Maps and then was picked up in Adrian Monck’s journalism blog. It is based on an analysis of 72,000 wire-service news stories from 1994 to 1998 and shows how reporting on the government out of Washington, DC and on events in the northeast of the country dominate the news agenda.

I thought it would be interesting to share how the Reuters News map of the world looks. With 190 bureaus around the world we are hugely global, but the bulk of the news by volume that we put out is indeed about the G8 countries and the key emerging markets.

Reuters News MapThere are stories everywhere, but the news agenda is always a balance between the push of what journalists think is important and the pull of what you, the readers, want to know about.

Important stories from under-reported countries sometimes take a very long time to get the attention of journalists and then of the public.

It is our job as journalists and editors to make sure that we’re there to cover the news, wherever it may happen. Beyond that, we have a responsibility to ensure stories that deserve attention actually get it.

We do that with good writing; we do that with the quality of our sources; we do that by making the connections that show why something is important.

Let’s work together to make sure the long tail of news really works to illuminate all parts of our world.


I think that Australia gets very little attention in the world news.
I read the news from Australia of course but on the Google News I read the Belgian News, English Canadian News, French Canadian News, France News, Italia News, Suisse News, UK News and American News.
Australia is hardly ever mentioned in the news of the above mentioned countries.
Yet there is a great deal going on in Australia which is worthy of being mentioned in the World News.
We are still considered the end of the World…are we not?

Journalists could come here and they would find it a gold mine of news.

For example we harbour the oldest pure culture in the world, the Aboriginal Culture.

Aboriginal Paintings and other artefacts are very interesting.

Even the dingo which is a non barking dog introduced in Australia by the Aborigines when they came to this continent forty thousands years ago is the purest dog’s breed in the world.

I am about to publish a book of my three years spent in the north west of Western Australia in an iron ore mining town in the never never of a mostly desertic Continent, the title of the book is: GOSSSIPS OF AN AUSTRALIAN OUTBACK MINING TOWN, and it holds so many surprises for the reader as I have written an amusing plot with very realistic dialogues, and the narrative is peppered with geographical, geological, socioeconomic,ethnic, political, historical facts and the technological and workings of the open iron ore mine are in it, but in such a way that it does not bore the reader furthermore my encounters with the fauna of the region are described in great detail with the flora being part of the story.
The photos I will include will illustrate and document the verity of my autobiographical work.


Great to see the Reuters version. Be fascinating to see how it changes over time.


In looking at the news map, it is painful to realize why the presidential candidates are not paying more attention to the Midwest floods. I have not heard Obama or McCain – or Bush – express concern or sympathy. Is this perhaps another Katrina in the making?

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