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Dashboard updated to v1.15.1

On September 1, 2015, Posted by , In updates, With No Comments

We just released a new version of the Dashboard tool.  This update (version 1.15.1) fixes problems folks were having with downloading a CSV of the story urls matching your query.  Now all the story urls get downloaded, instead of on some of them. Read the official list of bugs fixes if you want more info. If you find any problems please email us ( or file a new bug on our GitHub repository – thanks!

Dashboard updated to v1.15.0

On August 12, 2015, Posted by , In updates, With No Comments

We just released a new version of the Dashboard tool.  This update (version 1.15.0) is mostly small tweaks and bug fixes.  Here’s a list if you are curious: An assortment of bug fixes use asset pipeline to reduce http calls and speed up downloads infrastructure changes to support new Sources app library upgrades to stay current preparations to support searching by geographic mentions (coming soon…) If you find any problems please email us ( or file a new bug on…

New Tool: Sources

On July 22, 2015, Posted by , In updates, With No Comments

Today we’ve released a small new tool to help you explore the MediaCloud database – Sources.  With Sources you can explore our media sources, sets, and lists. This lets you easily do things like see all the 24 media sources in our US Mainstream Media set, or look at how many sentences we have been pulling from the New York Times over the last year.  Sources helps you understand how comprehensive our coverage of online media sources is.  Try it…

CFP: Media Cloud Data Challenge!

On April 30, 2015, Posted by , In research, With No Comments

Call for Proposals – Media Cloud Data Challenge: “Cloud-y with a Chance of Data” Submission Deadline: May 19th, 2015 Why head to the beach when you could spend this summer investigating a novel data set and doing online media research? Media Cloud is pleased to announce “Summer of Data,” a contest providing support for three teams (or individuals) to do original research using Media Cloud data and tools. Each team whose proposal is chosen will receive…

Mapping the Globe

On May 21, 2014, Posted by , In research, With No Comments

Mapping the Globe is a set of interactive visualizations and maps that help us understand where the Boston Globe directs its attention. Media attention matters – in quantity and quality. It helps determine what we talk about as a public and how we talk about it. Mapping the Globe tracks where the paper’s attention goes and what that attention looks like across different regional geographies in combination with diverse data sets like population, crime and…

Sentiment Analysis at ICA 2014

On May 13, 2014, Posted by , In research, With No Comments

Media Cloud fellow Rebecca Weiss is presenting a paper at the International Communications Association 2014 Conference, in the “Advances in Measurement and Methodology” track.  The paper is titled “A Case Study in Computational Content Analysis: Comparisons of Sentiment Analysis Methods on News Media“. The advent of the Internet has been a boon for the field of communication. The digital mediums of online communication platforms hold promise for a new era of quantitative, data-driven analyses of…

Controversy Mapper

On May 11, 2014, Posted by , In research, With No Comments

How does a media controversy become the only thing any of us are talking about? Using the Media Cloud platform, we’re reverse-engineering major news stories to visualize how ideas spread, how media frames change over time, and whose voices dominate a discussion. Media Cloud’s Controversy Mapping work focuses on mapping the evolution of the public-facing debate around a particular issue, or “controversy.” This tool allows us to compile a corpus of stories and Web pages…

MediaMeter: Focus

On May 11, 2014, Posted by , In research, With No Comments

This tool shows you four different views of the world. It maps the top 20 English language news sources for four types of media: newspapers, broadcast, magazine and online (digital native). Our goal is to discover the which news medium has the most comprehensive global coverage, where the blind spots are, and to discover how different types of media cover different countries. This is an exploratory analysis for a research paper. Explore it online at

The Battle for “Trayvon Martin”

On February 3, 2014, Posted by , In research, With No Comments

News coverage about the killing of Trayvon Martin started as a short-lived, local Florida news piece, but through strategic activation of traditional broadcast media and participatory online activism, eventually became the most-widely covered story about race in the last five years. The story drew immense coverage from professional journalists and active public engagement online and offline, offering a potent case study for examining the role and influence of participatory media on media agendas. The first major…

Mapping the SOPA-PIPA Debate

On July 25, 2013, Posted by , In research, With No Comments

In this paper, we use a new set of online research tools to develop a detailed study of the public debate over proposed legislation in the United States that was designed to give prosecutors and copyright holders new tools to pursue suspected online copyright violations. Our study applies a mixed-methods approach by combining text and link analysis with human coding and informal interviews to map the evolution of the controversy over time and to analyze…