Daily Mail tops list of Australia’s most ‘prolific’ metro journalists

The Daily Mail’s Caleb Taylor has topped the list of Australia’s most prolific journalists, according to data provided by real-time media monitoring company Streem.

Streem examined a year’s worth of data to find the most commonly occurring bylines on metropolitan or national publications.

The Daily Mail topped the list

All five top spots went to Daily Mail Australia reporters, with some churning out more than 1,000 stories in a year, or an average of 4.5 a workday.

Their dominance is unlikely to surprise media industry rivals, many of whom have accused the site of plagiarism since its Australian launch in 2014.

The top 25 contains ten Daily Mail reporters, six from News Corp and nine former Fairfax – now Nine – reporters. There were no representatives from Australia’s second and third biggest websites, and ABC.

The list only counts individual bylines, meaning joint bylines weren’t captured.

International journalists and those deemed ‘bloggers’ were removed from the list, which contained data collected from March 1 2018 to February 25 2019.

The ‘stories per day’ measure is an estimate based on 240 work days (48 times five), although as Streem notes, many in the industry work fewer days than this.

Streem media and partnerships lead Conal Hanna, who helped compile the list, said sports reporters were particularly prevalent, along with business and ‘breaking news’ reporters.

“Australians love their sport, and certainly the people bringing it to them are working pretty hard, if this data is anything to go by,” he said.

After originally pulling the top 50 most frequently occurring bylines, some judgement calls were required, Hanna said, such as whether authors of ‘blog-type’ content should be included.

“Ultimately we decided that was a different category, which meant prolific writers like Australian Financial Review Street Talk scribe Sarah Thompson and the Herald Sun’s Andrew Bolt dropped off the list.”


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