During the campaign news coverage was largely focused on the leaders of the two main parties.
Of the leaders of the 'minor parties' (counted by the researchers are everything other than Labour and Conservative) Tim Farron, the leader of the Liberal Democrats received the most attention (despite only having nine MPs to the Nicola Sturgeon's 54).
The leaders of the other parties attracted much less coverage in comparison.
It was generally very negative
On the whole, the newspaper coverage was overwhelmingly negative. No party achieved a net positive rating without weighting the papers by circulation.
Labour overwhelmingly had the most negative coverage.
Weighted by circulation of the paper, all parties other than the Conservatives have net negative ratings.
Unweighted figures show that the Conservatives began the campaign with positive coverage but it began to turn in the aftermath of their manifesto being released and their u-turn on dementia tax.
The Mirror, the Star and the Guardian were the only papers which had positive coverage of Labour and negative of the Conservatives.
The Sun, The Daily Telegraph, The Daily Mail and the Daily Express were the reverse.
The Financial Times were the only paper that were negative to every party, and the The Times were the only net negative to all but the Lib Dems.
What were the key issues?
Coverage of the electoral process itself, things like campaign mishaps and opinion polls, was the most reported issue.
After that the most prominent issue was Brexit, followed by defence, health and taxation respectively.
Nearly 60 per cent of politicians who appeared in news were male, compared to only 40 per cent female..
Note of methodology:
The researchers derived from detailed content analysis of election coverage produced on the weekdays (i.e. Monday to Friday inclusive) between 5th May – 7th June 2017 from the following news outlets:
Television: Channel 4 News (7pm), Channel 5 News (6.30pm), BBC1 News at 10, ITV1 News at 10, Sky News 8-8.30pm.
Press: The Guardian, The I, The Daily Telegraph, The Times, The Financial Times, The Daily Mail, The Daily Express, The Mirror, The Sun, The Star.
They analysed all election news found in the television programmes. In the newspapers they included election news found on the front page, the first two pages of the domestic news section, the first two pages of any specialist election section and the page containing and facing the papers’ leader editorials.