The data shows that of over 25,000 tweets by UK political/current affairs journalists and bloggers during the period, approximately 1 in 6 mentioned the presidential candidates.
RealWire also looked at which UK political journalists and bloggers tweeted the most about the presidential candidates during this time.
Among the top ten were six members of Lissted’s recently published list of the Top 100 UK Political Journalists and Bloggers on Twitter (Dan Hodges, Paul Waugh, Mark Ferguson, Andrew Neil, Jonathan Freedland and Tim Gatt) with Dan Hodges, commentator for the Telegraph, New Statesman and Total Politics leading the way with 79 related tweets.
|1||Dan Hodges||Commentator, Telegraph; New Statesman; Total Politics||79|
|2||Johnny Paige||Video Journalist, The Guardian||75|
|3||Paul Waugh||Editor, Politics Home||71|
|4||Patrick McPartlin||Journalist, Scotsman Online||67|
|5||Mark Ferguson||Editor, Labour List||60|
|6||Andrew Neil||Presenter, BBC||58|
|7||David Ottewell||Head of Politics, Manchester Evening News||55|
|8||Jonathan Freedland||Columnist, The Guardian||54|
|Joint 9th||Tim Gatt||Digital Output Editor, ITV News||52|
|Joint 9th||Amol Rajan||Deputy Editor, Independent Online||52|
The importance of media commentary on Twitter was highlighted today by John Rentoul, chief political commentator for The Independent on Sunday (and another Top 100 list member). Writing in The Independent, he concluded that “the election was fought on television, but the commentary was fought on Twitter.”
RealWire Chief Executive Adam Parker, who gathered and analysed the data, believes that the results confirm the value of Twitter in media relations and public affairs; "The amount of conversation on Twitter about the US election from UK political journalists is just more evidence of what many already accept: that news breaks first on Twitter, and that it has become an essential source of commentary from authoritative journalists.”
Period: 12:00pm GMT November 6th and 12:00pm GMT November 7th
2,063 UK** Political/current affairs journalists and bloggers on Lissted
1,506 of these journalists/bloggers tweeted at least once during the 24-hour period
25,411: Total tweets by these 1,506 people during the period
**N.B. Journalists are classified ‘UK’ if they write for a UK-based media outlet, regardless of their personal location
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