Media Cloud


What We Do


Our Work

Media Cloud is an open source platform for studying media ecosystems.

By tracking millions of stories published online, our suite of tools allows researchers to track how stories and ideas spread through media.

Our tools are designed to aggregate, analyze, deliver and visualize information, answering complex quantitative and qualitative questions about the content of online media.

Past and present collaborators include NewsFrames, Morningside Analytics, Betaworks,, the Associated Press, and Global Voices.

Media Cloud is made possible by the generous support of the Ford Foundation, the Open Society Foundations, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.


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Our People

co-founder, principal investigator

Ethan Zuckerman

Ethan is one of the founders of Media Cloud, a Principal Investigator, and the faculty director of the Center for Civic Media at MIT Media Lab.

co-founder, Principal investigator

Yochai Benkler

Yochai is one of the founders of Media Cloud, a Principal Investigator, and the faculty co-director of the Berkman-Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University.


Research director

Fernando Bermejo

Fernando directs and oversees all of the Media Cloud initiatives, research and partnerships.


chief technology officer

Rahul Bhargava

Rahul builds our front-end web based analysis tools.


Cindy Bishop

Cindy is a visual artist and creative coder who, when she isn't pushing interactive experiences into the world of 3D and immersive technology, develops the front-end of our analytical tools.


Bruce Etling

Bruce conducts research on the impact of the Internet on politics, political participation, and collective action with Media Cloud.



Rob Faris

Rob conducts research on the interaction of new media, online speech, and government regulation of the Internet and political processes using Media Cloud.

Researcher and Data Scientist

Sands Fish

Sands focuses on network analysis and developing visualizations for our suite of tools as a data scientist and computational artist.

Researcher / Community Manager

Natalie Gyenes

Natalie conducts research with our partners and develops research agendas using our tools, drawing on her experience in digital epidemiology and public health.



Alexis Hope

Alexis utilizes user research insights to advance our existing tools and develop new ones as Interaction Designer.

Assistant Director

Lorrie LeJeune

Lorrie is the Assistant Director and the glue of Media Cloud.

Technical Lead

Hal Roberts

Hal is the technical lead and a researcher with Media Cloud, focusing on Internet surveillance and distributed denial of service attacks against independent media.



Nikki Bourassa

Nikki is a researcher and project coordinator at Berkman Klein, and is the Dashboard's biggest fan.



Brittany Seymour

Brittany is a faculty member at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine, and consults on Media Cloud’s public health projects.

Researcher / Community Manager

Anushka Shah

Anushka uses Media Cloud tools to research news ecosystems in developing countries, drawing on a background of text analytics and social statistics.



Linas Valiukas

Linas is a coding master working on the back-end development of our tools, building multi-language support for improving our system.

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Collections Curator

Anissa Pierre

Anissa is researcher focused on managing and maintaining our collections.

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Researcher / Community Manager

Emily Ndulue

Emily conducts research with our partners and promotes engagement with our tools. She draws on a background in health communication and nonprofit consulting and management.