Table 4

Percentage of articles meeting and not meeting the criteria for each of the 21 items in the validated quality assessment tool

QuestionThe Sun
The Daily Mirror
The Daily Mail (n=40)The Daily Express (n=30)The Daily Telegraph
All papers
Criteria 1+1−1+1−1+1−1+1−1+1−1+1−1
Criteria 2+10+10+10+10+10+10
Criteria 3−10−10−10−10−10−10
  • Results presented for individual papers and for all papers combined. For each item met, a value of +1 (criteria 1 and 2) or zero (criteria 3) is achieved and for each item not met, either a zero (criteria 2) or −1 (criteria 1 and 3) is achieved.