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Guardian and Times the most cited UK papers on wikipedia

August 7, 2009 4 Comments

Wikipedia users trust the Guardian more than any other UK newspaper according to Quarkbase.

There are more than 100,000 citations on Wikipedia that reference the Guardian - more than twice as much as any other UK national newspaper. The FT is way down the list - barely higher than the Sun.



Wikipedia links

to the site

Guardian 106,424
Times Online 52,457
Telegraph 48,292
The Independent 34,999
Daily Mail 14,403
FT 9,802
The Sun 7,098
Mirror 4,208
Express 338

Quarkbase uses a Yahoo search ( to count the links. Click on the paper's name to see the Quarkbase data.

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  • Jem Stone says:

    Hi Malcolm. Really enjoying all these lists and data and comparison charts.

    Encouraged me to look at Quarkbase myself and obviously (i work there) had a look at which has 256,256 inbound links from Wikipedia (not all citations ?). Presumably a high proportion of these are BBC news articles. So do Wikipedians "trust" BBC News twice as much as The Guardian or any national newspaper? ;)

  • jen says:

    Hi, I find your blog very informative and is especially useful for someone like me, who is trying to carve a career for myself in online journalism.

    I am a Guardian reader first and foremost, but I have never really considered what newspaper website I find most trustworthy and good for backing up points with.

  • David Gerard says:

    Jem - It's because any given news story will be covered everywhere, so they tend to pick the sites that are decently written and keep their stuff online.

    The BBC is not a commercial organisation, it's all about the content, so stuff will tend to stay up and only lack for quality from sloppiness and bad editing rather than proprietor's commercial interest.

    The Guardian is very proactively on the web - I believe Guardian Unlimited is in fact profitable.

    The Independent and FT lock articles behind a paywall quickly. This makes them less useful to people researching after a week.

    If Murdoch really does paywall all his titles, he's just given away the entire web audience to the Guardian and BBC!

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