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Media Cloud: An Open Source Tool for Understanding How Media Cover Topics

MediaCloud, a joint project by the MIT Center for Civic Media and the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, allows researchers and individuals to use data to observe how stories unfold, both in the mainstream media and in blogs. MediaCloud indexes news media, so news companies can run queries to better understand how their key topics are covered by competitors, and how they influence coverage. Published case studies include reports on these topics:

  • Issues Covered Heavily During the 2016 US Election - How were topical priorities set by media sources?

  • Contraceptives Coverage in Different Media Ecosystems - How do Nigerian media talk about contraceptives?

  • Disseminating Public Health Information in News Media - Who were key information authorities for coverage of the Ebola epidemic, and did that impact the global health response?

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