Statements from citizen newsmakers only make up more than 25% of statements in articles from four of the top ten journalists when candidate statements are excluded. Aaron Gould Sheinin of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Thomas Fitzgerald of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Mark Z. Barabak of the Los Angeles Times and Todd J. Gillman of the Dallas Morning News attributed at least 25% of their statements to citizens when candidate statements were excluded from the sample, and at least 12% when candidate statements were included.
When taking into account candidate statements, articles by Aaron Gould Sheinin display the highest percentage of citizen statements. 31% of the statements in his articles come from citizens when candidates are included, only 6% less than when they are excluded. This shows that statements from candidates did not make up a large portion of his coverage. On the other hand, articles in the Los Angeles Times by Mark Z. Barabak have only 12% of statements from citizen newsmakers when candidates are included, but when candidates are taken out of the picture, that number goes up to 27%.