• The study posits a twelve pronged formulation of indices to measure the over coverage and
    under coverage of the Indian states and union territories by newspapers on socio-economic,
    demographical and political aspects. Union territories (UT), mainly Delhi and Chandigarh
    were unjustifiably favoured on all twelve counts which clearly points out media’s biased
    leanings to cater to the regional aspirations and preference to the power center. Northern
    states were most favourably covered and the coverage reduced with increasing distance of
    the state from the power center i.e., the capital of India whereas north eastern states suffered
    severe coverage blackout. Quantitative and spatial indices were developed to see news
    coverage in a new perspective.