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Fighting for, not fighting against: Media Coverage and the Dakota Access Pipeline

On March 1, 2017, Posted by , In research, With No Comments

A Media Cloud & Global Voices NewsFrames Collaboration NATALIE GYENES, CONNIE MOON SEHAT, SANDS FISH, ANUSHKA SHAH, JONAS KAISER, PAOLA VILLARREAL, SIMIN KARGAR, CINDY BISHOP, RAHUL BHARGAVA, ROB FARIS & ETHAN ZUCKERMAN The deadline for Standing Rock campsite residents to depart their campsites along the Missouri River occurred last Wednesday. The evacuation deadline passed at 2 pm MST, coincidently marking a two year effort to prevent the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL), a…

Race, Fame, and Ability: untangling media coverage of NFL quarterbacks

On December 24, 2016, Posted by , In research, With No Comments

In the US, NFL football is more than a sport – it’s a stage on which broader national dramas play out. In the past years, the NFL has brought to national attention conversations about domestic violence, about cheating and fairness and about the ethics of loving a sport that is likely killing its players. With Colin Kapernick’s decision not to stand for the singing of the national anthem during a pre-season football game, starting a…

HOW THE INDIAN NEWS REPORTS WOMEN’S ISSUES

On October 12, 2016, Posted by , In research, With No Comments

In December 2012, a young girl was gruesomely gang raped in New Delhi, India. The method of the rape was particularly violent, involving insertions of a metal rod and irreparable intestinal damage. For the days following, Jyoti Singh went through emergency treatment in hospitals in India and Singapore, until finally succumbing to her injuries 13 days later.                                     …

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…

Politics Not Patients

On November 12, 2015, Posted by , In research, With No Comments

This post is the second in a series that will present work done by participants of the Media Cloud Summer Data Challenge this past summer. Politics Not Patients By Katie Ida and Julia Wejchert When it comes to news coverage of abortion related topics, women are often left out of the picture. Instead, the visuals paired with abortion news stories favor contentious politics, and the men who run them. In the one-thousand most linked to news…

Moral Foundations in Partisan News Sources

On November 5, 2015, Posted by , In research, With No Comments

This post is the first in a series that will present work done by participants of the Media Cloud Summer Data Challenge this past summer. Moral Foundation Theory Although almost everyone agrees that some things are morally good and some things are morally bad, the specific form of these beliefs can differ throughout the population. What is egregious to one person: harming marginalized communities, banning sugary soft drinks, refusing to go to church, etc.; can…

Bridges or Hate-Links? The Meaning of Common Links in Media Conflict

On November 4, 2015, Posted by , In research, With No Comments

By Alyssa Smith and Nathan Matias When groups have strong disagreements online, we tend to worry about echo chambers — the possibility that each group is having conversations that are isolated from each other. If these echo chambers persist, might an agreement ever be reached? These worries extend to echo chambers in personalization algorithms (Sunstein 2014), echo chambers in social news sharing (Pariser 2011; Bakshy, Messing, Adamic 2015), and echo chambers in the link structure…

Summer Data Challenge Presentation

On August 21, 2015, Posted by , In research, With No Comments

We invite the public to the MIT Center for Civic Media this Monday, August 24, from 4:00 – 5:30 for a presentation of the results of our summer data challenge. In April, we announced our summer data challenge and called for proposals from teams to spend the summer producing research using our data and tools. We were overwhelmed by the large number of terrific proposals, and we ended up inviting 11 teams to participate in…