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Investigating this Year’s ‘Snowpocalypse’

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

This past winter, the east coast of the United States was hit hard by several consecutive heavy snow storms, including one colloquially known as Winter Storm Juno. While many cities were severely affected, by the end of the season, Boston broke its previous snowfall record with an impressive 110.6 cumulative inches. The normal workings of the city slowed and staggered as city services struggled to manage treacherous roads and public transportation broke down left and…

Data Challenge Update

On May 23, 2015, Posted by , In research, With No Comments

Winners will be announced on May 26. We are happily overwhelmed by the number of excellent proposals for our data challenge, so we are pushing the announcement of winners back to Tuesday, May 26. On Tuesday, we will announce the list of winners here, as well as directly emailing everyone who submitted a proposal. Apologies and thanks to everyone who submitted a proposal.

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…

Score Another One for the Internet? The Role of the Networked Public Sphere in the U.S. Net Neutrality Policy Debate

On February 9, 2015, Posted by , In research, With No Comments

Media Cloud is pleased to announce the publication of Score Another One for the Internet? The Role of the Networked Public Sphere in the U.S. Net Neutrality Policy Debate: In this paper we study the public debate over net neutrality in the United States from January through November 2014.  We compiled, mapped, and analyzed over 16,000 stories published on net neutrality, augmented by data from Twitter, bit.ly, and Google Trends. Using a mixed-methods approach that combines…

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…

Russian Blogs as an Alternative Public Sphere

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

We are proud to release our analysis of the role of blogs in the Russian public sphere.  Applying a combination of quantitative and qualitative methods, we investigate whether Russian blogs represent an alternative public sphere distinct from web-based Russian government information sources and the mainstream media. Based on data collected over a one-year period (December 2010 through December 2011) from thousands of Russian political blogs and other media sources, we compare the cosine similarity of…

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 http://focus.mediameter.org

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…