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July 09, 2014
Interfax leading news agency in Russia by citations in foreign, local media

Interfax continued to maintain its lead among news agencies working in Russia by number if citations in leading foreign and Russian mass media outlets in the first half of 2014, according to the results of a study based on an analysis of publications available in leading international media aggregator Factiva (thousands of leading news and business sources from 200 countries) and the SCAN analytical system (over 16,000 sources).

The rating of Russias three leading news agencies - Interfax, RIA Novosti and ITAR-TASS - by citations in international mass media outlets in the first half of 2014 includes the following Factiva categories:

  • Leading international news agencies Reuters, Dow Jones, AFP, DPA, EFE, ANSA and Xinhua
  • BBC Radio
  • US Newspapers
  • UK Newspapers
  • German media (excluding news agencies)
  • French media (excluding news agencies)

The study of how often news agencies were cited in Russian media was based on SCAN (System for Comprehensive Analysis of News) and focused on the three largest information agencies operating in Russia: Interfax, RIA Novosti and ITAR-TASS. The rating was compiled according to the following categories:

  • All Russian mass media (2,633 sources represented in SCAN). In order to ensure the objectivity and integrity of data, citations of the agencies in their own information products were excluded from the rating. The search also excluded blogs, Internet resources and press monitoring.
  • Russian central and national print media (434 of the most authoritative newspapers and magazines)
  • National television and radio broadcasters (31 sources, including TV channels Channel One, Rossiya, NTV, Ren-TV and TVC and radio stations Radio Rossii, Mayak, Golos Rossii, Ekho Moskvy, Radio RSN, Vesti-FM, City-FM and Kommersant-FM, among others)
  • Regional print publications in the most densely populated Russian regions (Bashkortostan, Volgograd Region, Voronezh Region, Irkutsk Region, Kemerovo Region, Krasnodar Territory, Krasnoyarsk Territory, Nizhny Novgorod Region, Novosibirsk Region, Perm Territory, Primorye, Rostov Region, Samara Region, St. Petersburg, Saratov Region, Sverdlovsk Region, Tatarstan, Khabarovsk Territory, Chelyabinsk Region; 1,167 sources in total)


Interfax continued to lead in the citation rating of the three leading Russian news agencies in international media outlets, compiled based on an analysis of publications from the Factiva archive.

In the citation rating in the category of leading international news agencies, Interfax led by number of citations in all agencies and sources.

Rating of citations in international news agencies from January 1 to June 30, 2014:

SourcesInterfax RIA NovostiITAR-TASS
Reuters newswires (English language) 526 195 92
Dow Jones newswires (English language) 1218 89 60
AFP (French language) 379 201 113
DPA-AFX (German language) 608 43 111
BBC, former Soviet Union (English language) 1833 814 47
EFE Newswires (Spanish language) 359 152 36
ANSA (Italian language) 389 75 193
Xinhua News Agency (English language) 176 39 72

Source: Factiva

Foreign media

US newspapers in the English language cited Interfax 1,038 times, ITAR-TASS 387 times and RIA Novosti 381 times in the period from January 1 to June 30, 2014, the Factiva archive shows.

UK newspapers cited Interfax 777 times, ITAR-TASS 213 times and RIA Novosti 173 times.

There was a similar picture in the German media (not including news agencies), which cited Interfax 1,192 times, ITAR-TASS 360 times and RIA Novosti 123 times.

The French media (excluding news agencies) cited Interfax 296 times, RIA Novosti 167 times and ITAR-TASS 108 times, according to Factiva.

Rating of citations of news agencies in foreign media from January 1 to June 30, 2014:

Interfax RIA NovostiITAR-TASS
US newspapers (English language)1038381387
UK newspapers (English language)777173213
German media (German language), excluding news agencies1192123360
French media (French language), excluding news agencies296167108

Source: Factiva

Rating of citations in mass media outlets based on SCAN data from January 1 to June 30, 2014:

All Russian mass media
(excluding Internet publications)

SourceNumber of documents
3.RIA Novosti95 278

Central and national print publications

SourceNumber of documents
1.Interfax4 649
2.ITAR-TASS1 991
3.RIA Novosti1 819

National TV and radio broadcast media

SourceNumber of documents
1.Interfax38 459
2.ITAR-TASS37 578
3.RIA Novosti33 869

Regional print publications Bashkortostan

SourceNumber of documents
2.RIA Novosti31

Volgograd Region

SourceNumber of documents
2.RIA Novosti28

Voronezh Region

SourceNumber of documents
3.RIA Novosti10

Irkutsk Region

SourceNumber of documents
3.RIA Novosti31

Kemerovo Region

SourceNumber of documents
1.RIA Novosti37

Krasnodar Territory

SourceNumber of documents
2.RIA Novosti31

Krasnoyarsk Territory

SourceNumber of documents
2.RIA Novosti102

Nizhny Novgorod Region

SourceNumber of documents
3.RIA Novosti8

Novosibirsk Region

SourceNumber of documents
3.RIA Novosti35

Perm Territory

SourceNumber of documents
2.RIA Novosti18


SourceNumber of documents
2.RIA Novosti257

Rostov Region

SourceNumber of documents
3.RIA Novosti98

Samara Region

SourceNumber of documents
2.RIA Novosti41

St. Petersburg

SourceNumber of documents
3.RIA Novosti251

Saratov Region

SourceNumber of documents
2.RIA Novosti51

Sverdlovsk Region

SourceNumber of documents
3.RIA Novosti14


SourceNumber of documents
2.RIA Novosti46

Khabarovsk Territory

SourceNumber of documents
3.RIA Novosti5

Chelyabinsk Region

SourceNumber of documents
2.RIA Novosti14

Source: SCAN

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