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Politics Not Patients

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.

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 stories on the topic of abortion in the media from October 1, 2014 to March 30, 2015, just 8.13 percent of 923 photos featured potential abortion patients. In a random sample of stories from that period, they made up just over six percent. So what did they feature?

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Moral Foundations in Partisan News Sources

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. This blogpost was written by Daniel Preotiuc-Pietro, Dean Fulgoni and Jordan Carpenter.

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 be considered completely trivial or even be endorsed by someone else.

The Moral Foundations Theory [1,2,3] was developed to model and explain these differences. Under this theory, there are a finite number of basic, moral values that people can intuitively support, but not necessarily to the same extent across the population.  As part of the Media Cloud Data Challenge, we thought this would be a perfect way to explore the extent to which the moral foundations are invoked in news discourse.

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

When we see these polarized network maps, it’s easy to think that the bridges between them offer some hope of escaping these echo chambers. But opposing sides don’t always follow or link to something for the same reason. Sometimes, opposing sides link to material to disagree with it or make straw-man arguments (Hargittai 2008). At such times, overlapping links can draw out the core disputes in a controversy, with what Zeynep Tufekci calls “hate-linking” (2014). To show how this happens, we examine how opposing sides linked to information sources in the Gamergate controversy.

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Sentiment Analysis at ICA 2014

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“.

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