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Alternate Media, Alternate Funding

On July 26, 2016, Posted by , In research, With No Comments

A non-profit data journalism blog in India is playing a crucial role in better informing mainstream news content.   Australian sociologist Alex Kerry wrote that the 20th century was characterized by three developments: the growth of democracy, the growth of corporate power, and the growth of corporate propaganda as a means of protecting corporate power against democracy. Kerry’s observation, relevant till date, explains that when it comes to media funding corporate capital tends to alter editorial incentives….

Essar Leaks: How the Indian news covered (and didn’t cover) the June 2016 Essar phone tapping

On July 13, 2016, Posted by , In research, With No Comments

What are the leaked Essar tapes? Hailing from the Rajasthani business community of Marwaris, Shashi and Ravi Ruia moved to Mumbai in 1969. Essar, named by grouping both brothers’ initials, began then as a small-scale construction company. Today, the Ruia brothers with interests in steel, oil, ports, and telecom, represent a net value of over $7 billion. On 17th June 2016, the print magazine Outlook India published a report documenting a series of phone conversations,…

Understanding ‘Teen Pregnancy’ Frames Using Media Cloud Tools

On June 9, 2016, Posted by , In research, With No Comments

This post is the first in a series of lab notes about ongoing research with the Media Cloud project.  The idea is to share research in progress with the community both to better keep everyone up to date with what we’re working on and to gather early feedback on our work. The work described in this post was done using what we have been calling our Controversy Mapper tool set, which uses spidering to discover…

Better Source Selection in the Dashboard

On June 8, 2016, Posted by , In updates, With No Comments

We’ve updated how you pick sources in our Dashboard tool, making it easier to see the most common sets people use when they get started.  Now when you click the “add media” link, you can select some of most often-used collections of media sources, or search for a specific one by name.

Dashboard and Sources tools Updated

Dashboard and Sources tools Updated

On May 17, 2016, Posted by , In updates, With No Comments

We just rolled out some more small fixes to the Dashboard and Sources tools.  Highlights: The Dashboard story CSV download now includes click counts from our partners at bit.ly. No more “copy of copy of query 1”!  The Dashboard now tries to automatically name your queries based on differences between them. Once you edit a query name by hand, it stops. Checkout the full list of Dashboard fixes and Sources fixes on GitHub. As always, if you find any problems please email us (mediameter […

API Updated – word count languages

API Updated – word count languages

On May 9, 2016, Posted by , In updates, With No Comments

We have updated the api to better support languages in the wc/list word counting end point. Before this update, the language for stemming and stopwording had to be specified explicitly in the api call. Now if the user does not specify a language for the api call, the api call will detect the languages used by the returned text and use those languages for stemming and stopwording, as specificed in the updated api spec: By default,…

Sources Tool Updated (v1.6.0)

Sources Tool Updated (v1.6.0)

On May 4, 2016, Posted by , In updates, With No Comments

We just released a new version of the Sources tool. This update (version 1.6.0) makes it easier to jump to queries on the Dashboard.  You can click the big “Search Now” button to jump to a search of that media set or source right away.  Or you can click on any point in the “Sentences Over Time” chart to jump right to a Dashboard search for that week. If you find any problems please email us (mediameter…

Sources Tool Updated (v1.4.0)

Sources Tool Updated (v1.4.0)

On April 9, 2016, Posted by , In updates, With No Comments

We just released a new version of the Sources tool. This update (version 1.4.0) gives you a better sense of the type of coverage for each media source or set.  It shows you a geographic heat map indicating which countries are mentioned more often.  It also shows you a word cloud indicating what words are used most in the coverage.  Like the Dashboard, both of these are based on a sampling of all of the sentences from that media source…

API updates – media health and story counting

API updates – media health and story counting

On March 30, 2016, Posted by , In updates, With No Comments

We have added a couple new end points to the api and removed some others: New endpoints api/v2/mediahealth/list – Return information about the health of a media source, meaning to what degree we are capturing all of the stories published by that media source. We judge health by just comparing the volume of a given time period to the average volume of the 20 busiest weeks for the media source. Details about the meaning of…

Sources Tool Updated to v1.2.0

Sources Tool Updated to v1.2.0

On March 24, 2016, Posted by , In updates, With No Comments

We just released a new version of the Sources tool. This update (version 1.2.0) helps you assess the health of any particular source. You can see we’re doing well in our coverage of the New York Times, but our coverage of the Washington Post isn’t quite as good.  Our coverage of the Christian Science Monitor shows how they tend to take a week long break around Christmas each year 🙂 If you find any problems please email…