Results of a very interesting research on the way European newspapers cover development issues have been presented this May. The study was carried by Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and is entitled: "La prensa y la cooperación internacional. Cobertura de la cooperación para el desarrollo en nueve diarios europeos".
Research has included nine daily papers. They include the following dailies: Spanish (ABC, El País and La Vanguardia), French (Le Figaro, Le Monde and Libération) and British (the Daily Telegraph, the Guardian and the Times).
Summary of the findings:
"Contrary to what is widely believed, leading newspapers do regularly publish information on development cooperation, although the space dedicated to these issues is generally small in relation to the total of news published since it only occupies 3.5%. Greater coverage of development cooperation can be seen under the sections of international news, reaching a total of 14.8%. These are some of the conclusions reached by the study on European press and international cooperation carried out by Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. (...)
The main issues related to news on development cooperation are governance and empowerment of democracy (31%), environmental protection (21.9%) and good world governance (18.2%), representing over 70% of the total."
Full text of the research is here (for those who read Catalan Spanish).