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Switching to Story-Based Searching on May 12th

We currently do most analysis and searching at the sentence level. We're switching to do everything at the story level on May 12, because that is what most people tell use they want. This will also help us save space and make things faster. This is a big change.  Your current queries and topics will need to be updated after May 12 and will produce different results.

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Evaluating Author Extraction for the Media Cloud Platform

This blog post summarizes our latest pass at investigating existing solutions for the second question: author detection in semi-structured web-based text. There are a few approaches we can pull from: using pattern matching, relying on structured metadata, or sourcing the job out to more complex algorithms and APIs.

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Net Neutrality, Kanye, and Hot Dogs

In July 2017, internet companies and activists around the world came together for a “Day of Action” to protest the Federal Communications Commissions’ decision to rollback net neutrality protections. How has this activism affected both news media and public interest in this historically obscure issue? Using Google Trends and Media Cloud’s search frequency, we analyze the impact of the Day of Action on net neutrality awareness.

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Unsupervised Entity Outlier Detection: The Case of Same-Sex Marriage

We present an unsupervised method that allows us to surface the main named-entities, i.e., people, locations, and organizations, discussed by the media in news articles on same-sex marriage. We follow an outlier detection approach to identify such entities of interest. Our initial exploration shows that the outlier named-entities, in a specific time period, provide useful initial knowledge that complements the information discovered based on popularity or topic detection methods.

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Looking at Words in Context

We just released a new feature for the Topic Mapper tool that supports looking at how a word is used.  This kind of investigation into use of a word in context can be very helpful to start to gain more insights than you can from a simple check of word frequencies. Here are a few examples to illustrate why this can be useful.  Hopefully you find it as revealing as we have already!

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

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 conduit spanning 1,172 miles with the purpose of transporting crude oil from North Dakota to Illinois. Representatives from approximately 300 of the 566 recognized Native American tribes in the United States actively participated at the Standing Rock Reservation in North Dakota since April of 2016.

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