This is one of many posts from 4thestate about citizen newsmakers. We have followed the trends and patterns of citizens’ role in election media coverage deeply. Other posts about citizens in election coverage can be found here.
In print election coverage from August 1-September 30, citizen newsmakers had the second highest VoiceShare among newsmakers outside of the campaigns. Just over 20% of statements in print election coverage among third-party newsmakers in that time period were from citizens. Party officials, partisan pollsters, and former politicians had the highest VoiceShare.
However, since the start of the debate cycle, citizens have been given a bigger voice in print coverage. From October 1-28, 27.5% of statements in election coverage from third-party newsmakers have been from citizens. Just 17.3% have come from partisans and former politicians. VoiceShare of academics has also increased from 7.2% to 12.9% in the two time periods. Professors in the political field are getting attention from reporters about how they think the candidates performed in the debates and the strategies heading into the final weeks of the campaign.