Including candidate statements (blue), citizen VoiceShare does not rise above 20%, hovering just above 10% for the majority of the top newspapers. The worst offender among top newspapers is the Chicago Tribune, with only 5% of statements in their articles attributed to citizens when candidate statements are factored in, 12% when they aren’t.
Only articles from the Philadelphia Inquirer have over 30% of statements attributed to citizen newsmakers when candidate statements are excluded from the sample. However, this number drops down to 19% when statements from candidates are factored in. On average, when candidate statements are excluded from the sample, citizen VoiceShare increases by 7%. This tells us that a difference of 13% in the Philadelphia Inquirer means that a higher percentage of their statements are from candidates.