UK’s most influential ‘Big Data’ journalists unveiled


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LexisNexis and Cision created a list of UK’s most influential ‘Big Data’ journalists. Find out how Matt Warman, The Daily Telegraph, and others rank in our full article..

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UK’s most influential ‘Big Data’ journalists unveiled

  1. 1. Big data Journalists: influence & interest White paper Released July 2013
  2. 2. Big data is an industry buzzword that most people are aware of but few seem to fully under- stand. With around two billion people currently connected to the internet and the majority of the remaining five billion likely to be connected in the next five years, big data is set to grow in every industry. Big data refers to data sets that are large, complex and difficult to manage. The term also encompasses the technical tools and practicality of handling such vast amounts of data. As people store more personal information online, either in company sign-ups, social media profiles or competition entries, big data becomes more of a reality for all types of business. Cision teamed up with LexisNexis to create a list of the UK’s most influential ‘Big Data jour- nalists’. With around 175,000 news articles from over 26,000 licensed newspapers, trade journals and social media added to the Nexis database every day, we could draw on our own data set. Over 1,300 articles in the past month alone were tagged in the metadata as related to the subject ‘Big Data’. CisionPoint’s Influence Rating (calculated from a range of criteria including reach, followers, frequency and engagement) was used to determine the most influential technology journal- ists. Of this group, 11 wrote about big data at least once in the last two years. Together these journalists wrote a total of 9,738 articles, with 76 addressing big data. When selecting media contacts for press releases, PR Professionals should consider not only influence but also engagement: how engaging does the journalist find the subject? For example, Matt Warman is incredibly influential as consumer technology editor at The Daily Telegraph (with a Cision Influencer Ranking of 99) but he has written about big data only once in 1,574 articles – a proportion of just 0.1%. LexisNexis® White Paper Big Data Big data Big data is a collection of data sets so large and complex that it becomes difficult to process using on-hand database management tools or traditional data processing applications. The challenges include capture, curation, storage, search, sharing, transfer, analysis and visualization. The trend to larger data sets is due to the additional information derivable from analysis of a single large set of related data, as compared to separate smaller sets with the same total amount of data, allowing correlations to be found to "spot business trends, determine quality of research, prevent diseases, link legal citations, combat crime, and determine real-time roadway traffic conditions." From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Big data Journalists: influence & interest Nexis Nexis is an online service for your stra- tegic news and business research. You can search for content from 36,000 publications. Nexis helps you to conduct accurate searches of the 36,000 international sources in the Nexis online service. You can make informed business decisions after getting the latest news and market reports. Adapt the interface to target your results, using the power of the LexisNexis® database. • Quickly get facts to give your business the competitive edge • Find news, company, demographic, and country information • Select sources easily • Search at a basic level or use advanced functions • Choose from a variety of newspaper archives up to 35 years • Stay up-to-date through News Alerts
  3. 3. LexisNexis® White Paper Big Data Author Tom Ritchie is the Managing Director at Cision UK, provider of integrated software to the PR, marketing and communications professionals. The top 11 journalists by proportion of big data articles are: 1. Sooraj Shah, reporter at Computing – 11.3% 2. Daniel Robinson, technology editor at – 4.8% 3. Madeline Bennett, editor, – 3.4% 4. Jemima Kiss, head of technology at the Guardian – 2.2% 5. James Ball, data editor at the Guardian – 1.4% 6. Charles Arthur, technology editor at the Guardian – 0.7% 7. Christopher Williams, technology, media & telecoms editor at the Telegraph – 0.6% 8. Chris Nuttall, technology correspondent at the Financial Times – 0.3% 9. Josh Halliday, media and technology reporter at the Guardian – 0.1% 10. Rory Cellan-Jones, technology correspondent at BBC Online – 0.1% 11. Matt Warman, consumer technology editor at The Daily Telegraph – 0.1% While Sooraj Shah has written only 97 articles for computing, 11 have been about big data, making him a key big data contact. Charles Arthur’s big data ratio is low because he has written a total of 1,619 articles, somewhat eclipsing his 11 big data articles. Daniel Robinson would be considered a key big data contact, having written 28 articles on the subject out of his total of 582. Worthy of note is the prominence of Guardian journalists on the list. With a dedicated Datablog on their website, The Guardian has embraced the concepts of big data in their own “Data Journalism”. Over the past two years, The Guardian has been the national paper with the second most articles in the field of big data (41 articles across their print and web editions only beaten into pole position by the Financial Times with 49 articles), which says a lot about the topic and its audience. Newspapers and magazines work with content that has been successful before (why change what works?) and including big data articles again and again suggests it is a popular subject among the Guardian’s readership. In your choice of contacts to pitch to or build relationships with, media influence is important but ultimately it is their track record in covering your niche that may prove more valuable to the success of your campaign.
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