9 Jul 2010 12:33

Interfax most frequently cited news agency in Russian and foreign media

Interfax remains the Russian news agency that is most frequently cited by Russian and foreign media, according to a survey for the first half of 2010. The survey is based on two principal global media databases – Factiva (35,000 leading sources of political and business information) and LexisNexis (www.lexisnexis.com), which houses over 37,000 foreign sources of information - and SCAN (System for Comprehensive Analysis of News), which contains texts from 2,076 Russian national and regional media outlets.

Among other things, the survey looks at how frequently the top three Russian news agencies - Interfax, RIA Novosti and ITAR-TASS – were cited by foreign media. There were the following categories:
· Major World Publications in the LexisNexis classification, 801 publications;
· U.S. Newspapers in the LexisNexis classification, 847 publications in the English language;
· UK Newspapers in the LexisNexis classification, 554 English-language publications;
· German Publications in the LexisNexis classification, 216 publications in German;
· French Publications in the LexisNexis classification, 19 publications in French;
· Major international news agencies – Reuters, Dow Jones, The Associated Press, EFE, and Xinhua.
The survey of citing frequency in the Russian media was based on SCAN (2,076 national and regional outlets) and covered eight principal news agencies operative in Russia – Interfax, RIA Novosti, ITAR-TASS, Reuters (as cited in Russian media), PRIME-TASS, RosBusinessConsulting (RBC), Regnum, and Rosbalt.
There were the following ranking categories:
· Russia as an information space (2,076 outlets represented in SCAN). For purposes of objectivity and authenticity, references to these news agencies in their own material are not taken into account in the survey;
· Russian central (Moscow-based) and federal print media (about 650 particularly influential newspapers and magazines);
· Federal television and radio; the companies under survey include television channels First Channel, Rossiya, NTV, REN-TV and TVTs, and radio stations Radio Rossii, Mayak, Golos Rossii (Voice of Russia), Ekho Moskvy and Radio City-FM;
· Regional print media in particularly densely populated regions: the republics of Bashkortostan and Tatarstan, the regions of Volgograd, Voronezh, Irkutsk, Kemerovo, Nizhny Novgorod, Novosibirsk, Rostov, Samara, Saratov, Sverdlovsk and Chelyabinsk, the territories of Perm, Krasnodar, Krasnoyarsk, Primorye, and Khabarovsk, and the city of St. Petersburg.

FOREIGN PRINT MEDIA
Of the three main Russian news agencies, Interfax remains the one most frequently cited by foreign print media, according to LexisNexis.
Interfax was cited 5,296 times, ITAR-TASS 1,426 times and RIA Novosti 1,120 times by media in the Major World Publications category (801 publications);
Interfax was cited 104, RIA Novosti 84 and ITAR-TASS 62 times in the U.S. Newspapers category (847 publications);
Interfax was cited 52, RIA Novosti 33 and ITAR-TASS 19 times in the UK Newspapers category (554 publications);
Interfax was cited 474, RIA Novosti 119 and ITAR-TASS 55 times in the German Publications category (216 publications);
Interfax was cited 68, RIA Novosti 51 and ITAR-TASS 10 times in the French Publications category (19 publications);
Rankings of Frequency of Citing in Foreign Print Media, January 1, 2010 to June 31, 2010
LexisNexis Category
Interfax
RIA Novosti
ITAR-TASS
Major World Publications
5 296
1 120
1 426
U.S. Newspapers
104
84
62
UK Newspapers
52
33
19
German Publications
474
55
119
French Publications
68
51
10
Source: LexisNexis
INTERNATIONAL NEWS AGENCIES
Interfax had the largest number of citings in all news agencies except The Associated Press, where he shared first place with ITAR-TASS.
Ranking of Citing Frequency in International News Agencies, January 1, 2010, to June 30, 2010
Sources
Interfax
RIA Novosti
ITAR-TASS
Reuters
300
153
61
AP Newswires
400
347
101
Dow Jones English-Language Newswire
46
42
46
EFE, Spanish language Newswires
113
63
47
Xinhua General News Service
815
752
435
Sources: Factiva, LexisNexis
RUSSIAN MEDIA
According to the SCAN-based part of the survey, RIA Novosti had the largest number of references (66,941) in the Russian media. The statistics for Interfax and ITAR-TASS were 65,734 and 34,075 respectively. Then came Reuters (27,121), RBC (21,685), Rosbalt (10,166), Regnum (9,556), and PRIME-TASS (9,553). References to these agencies in their own publications are ignored in the survey.

Interfax came out on top in the category of Russian central (Moscow-based) and federal print media (about 650 particularly influential newspapers and magazines). There were 7,000 references to Interfax, 4,517 to RIA Novosti, 2,458 to Reuters, 2,035 to ITAR-TASS, 921 to PRIME-TASS, 390 to RBC, 69 to Regnum, and 63 to Rosbalt.
Interfax also topped the Federal television and radio category. Leading TV and radio companies made 6,468 references to Interfax in their programs. There were 5,650 references to RIA Novosti, 3,087 to ITAR-TASS, 886 to Reuters, 613 to RBC, 92 to Rosbalt, 72 to Regnum, and 23 to PRIME-TASS.
In the Regional print media category, Interfax was the most quoted news agency in eight of the 19 most densely populated regions - the republics of Bashkortostan and Tatarstan, the territories of Krasnoyarsk and Khabarovsk, and the regions of Voronezh, Samara, Saratov and Sverdlovsk.
RIA Novosti was also the most frequently cited agency in eight regions – the territories of Krasnodar, Perm and Primorye and the regions of Irkutsk, Kemerovo, Nizhny Novgorod, Novosibirsk, and Chelyabinsk.
ITAR-TASS led in the city of St. Petersburg and the regions of Volgograd and Rostov.
Frequency of References Rankings for the Whole of Russia, January 1, 2010 to June 30, 2010
¹
Source
Number of Documents
1
RIA Novosti
66 941
2
Interfax
65 734
3
ITAR-TASS
34 075
4
Reuters
27 121
5
RosBusinessConsulting (RBC)
21 685
6
Rosbalt
10 166
7
Regnum
9 556
8
PRIME-TASS
9 553
Source: SCAN
Frequency of References Ranking, Central and Federal Print Media,
January 1, 2010, to June 30, 2010
¹
Source
Number of Documents
1
Interfax
7 000
2
RIA Novosti
4 517
3
Reuters
2 458
4
ITAR-TASS
2 035
5
PRIME-TASS
921
6
RosBusinessConsulting (RBC)
390
7
Regnum
69
8
Rosbalt
63
Source: SCAN

Frequency of References Ranking, Federal Television and Radio,
January 1, 2010, to June 30, 2010
¹
Source
Number of Documents
1
Interfax
6 468
2
RIA Novosti
5 650
3
ITAR-TASS
3 087
4
Reuters
886
5
RosBusinessConsulting (RBC)
613
6
Rosbalt
92
7
Regnum
72
8
PRIME-TASS
23
Source: SCAN
Frequency of References Ranking, Regional Media,
January 1, 2010, to June 30, 2010
Republic of Bashkortostan
¹
Source
Number of Documents
1
Interfax
49
2
RIA Novosti
43
3
ITAR-TASS
32
4
Reuters
10
5
RosBusinessConsulting (RBC)
7
6
Regnum
7
7
Rosbalt
3
8
PRIME-TASS
0
Volgograd Region
¹
Source
Number of Documents
1
ITAR-TASS
81
2
Interfax
71
3
RIA Novosti
71
4
RosBusinessConsulting (RBC)
32
5
Regnum
30
6
PRIME-TASS
9
7
Reuters
9
8
Rosbalt
4

Voronezh Region
¹
Source
Number of Documents
1
Interfax
111
2
RosBusinessConsulting (RBC)
58
3
RIA Novosti
55
4
ITAR-TASS
32
5
PRIME-TASS
27
6
Reuters
23
7
Regnum
10
8
Rosbalt
2
Irkutsk Region
¹
Source
Number of Documents
1
RIA Novosti
382
2
Interfax
195
3
ITAR-TASS
136
4
RosBusinessConsulting (RBC)
58
5
PRIME-TASS
47
6
Reuters
23
7
Regnum
6
8
Rosbalt
3
Kemerovo Region
¹
Source
Number of Documents
1
RIA Novosti
300
2
Interfax
220
3
ITAR-TASS
117
4
RosBusinessConsulting (RBC)
52
5
Regnum
38
6
Reuters
19
7
PRIME-TASS
7
8
Rosbalt
4
Krasnodar Territory
¹
Source
Number of Documents
1
RIA Novosti
2 125
2
Interfax
2 066
3
ITAR-TASS
725
4
RosBusinessConsulting (RBC)
169
5
Reuters
62
6
PRIME-TASS
62
7
Rosbalt
31
8
Regnum
19

Krasnoyarsk Territory
¹
Source
Number of Documents
1
Interfax
401
2
RIA Novosti
371
3
RosBusinessConsulting (RBC)
175
4
ITAR-TASS
96
5
PRIME-TASS
96
6
Reuters
42
7
Regnum
8
8
Rosbalt
5
Nizhny Novgorod Region
¹
Source
Number of Documents
1
RIA Novosti
999
2
Interfax
613
3
ITAR-TASS
207
4
RosBusinessConsulting (RBC)
123
5
Rosbalt
43
6
PRIME-TASS
32
7
Regnum
29
8
Reuters
24
Novosibirsk Region
¹
Source
Number of Documents
1
RIA Novosti
530
2
Interfax
353
3
ITAR-TASS
65
4
RosBusinessConsulting (RBC)
49
5
Reuters
13
6
Regnum
11
7
PRIME-TASS
7
8
Rosbalt
4
Perm Territory
¹
Source
Number of Documents
1
RIA Novosti
305
2
Interfax
268
3
ITAR-TASS
80
4
RosBusinessConsulting (RBC)
78
5
Regnum
71
6
Reuters
13
7
Rosbalt
12
8
PRIME-TASS
7

Primorye Territory
¹
Source
Number of Documents
1
RIA Novosti
889
2
Interfax
173
3
RosBusinessConsulting (RBC)
139
4
ITAR-TASS
124
5
Reuters
40
6
Rosbalt
19
7
Regnum
14
8
PRIME-TASS
13
Rostov Region
¹
Source
Number of Documents
1
ITAR-TASS
313
2
Interfax
234
3
PRIME-TASS
157
4
RIA Novosti
144
5
Reuters
78
6
RosBusinessConsulting (RBC)
42
7
Regnum
8
8
Rosbalt
7
Samara Region
¹
Source
Number of Documents
1
Interfax
590
2
RosBusinessConsulting (RBC)
327
3
ITAR-TASS
148
4
RIA Novosti
92
5
Reuters
33
6
Regnum
25
7
PRIME-TASS
17
8
Rosbalt
17
St. Petersburg
(Excluding references by Rosbalt to other news agencies)
¹
Source
Number of Documents
1
ITAR-TASS
3 809
2
Interfax
2 680
3
RIA Novosti
1 572
4
RosBusinessConsulting (RBC)
619
5
Reuters
414
6
Regnum
306
7
PRIME-TASS
283
8
Rosbalt
244

Saratov Region
¹
Source
Number of Documents
1
Interfax
61
2
RIA Novosti
28
3
ITAR-TASS
15
4
Reuters
6
5
RosBusinessConsulting (RBC)
4
6
Regnum
3
7
PRIME-TASS
1
8
Rosbalt
0
Sverdlovsk Region
¹
Source
Number of Documents
1
Interfax
2 561
2
RosBusinessConsulting (RBC)
1 416
3
RIA Novosti
1 333
4
ITAR-TASS
997
5
Rosbalt
414
6
Reuters
274
7
PRIME-TASS
95
8
Regnum
52
Republic of Tatarstan
¹
Source
Number of Documents
1
Interfax
1 150
2
ITAR-TASS
671
3
RosBusinessConsulting (RBC)
173
4
RIA Novosti
90
5
Regnum
79
6
Rosbalt
62
7
Reuters
44
8
PRIME-TASS
18
Khabarovsk Territory
¹
Source
Number of Documents
1
Interfax
89
2
RIA Novosti
24
3
ITAR-TASS
10
4
Reuters
3
5
RosBusinessConsulting (RBC)
3
6
Regnum
2
7
PRIME-TASS
1
8
Rosbalt
0

Chelyabinsk Region
¹
Source
Number of Documents
1
RIA Novosti
158
2
Interfax
151
3
RosBusinessConsulting (RBC)
115
4
ITAR-TASS
100
5
PRIME-TASS
24
6
Regnum
10
7
Rosbalt
8
8
Reuters
5
Source: SCAN
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