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News Monitoring Project: an Overview

by April 19, 2011

In Dialogue Earth’s quest to increase shared public understanding on issues of environmental importance, we stopped and asked ourselves: What do people already know? Where are they getting their information and what are the qualities of that information?

Suppose people collect information from three basic sources:

  • Personal experiences,
  • Interpersonal relationships and networks, and
  • Media.

Understanding the qualities of media information is particularly important because of it’s pervasiveness and roles in society as information disseminator, political watchdog, agenda setter, and entertainer.

Dialogue Earth’s News Monitoring project takes a look at the characteristics of information garnered from online print media, including both traditional and emerging sources. We use several layers of both quantitative and qualitative analysis including content, frame, and sentiment analysis. In the works, is a tool that will combine these different techniques to create a responsive and scalable synthesis of the moment’s top environmental news coverage. We hope this information will be useful for the communication development of a variety of individuals and groups.

Interested? Stay tuned for upcoming posts explaining the important project concepts in more detail.

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The Gulf Oil Disaster: a peek at the nature of its media coverage

by February 25, 2011

When the Deepwater Horizon wellhead blew out on April 20th this past spring, as with what happens in most catastrophic events, the media went into frenzy.  What followed was a continuous feed of news stories about the Gulf disaster for a little longer than three months. These stories not only described what had happened, but also speculated as to what should happen, made measures of accountability, debated on restorative and retributive justice and described the potential impacts on economic markets and environmental systems as a direct or secondary effect of the spill.

Articles were written from a few varying perspectives: the heartfelt human interest stories, which pushed to convey empathy by humanizing the events; stories told on the basis of markets, externalities, profit and loss; pieces highlighting the corresponding actions of heads of government and policy makers, and stories illustrating the threats that the disaster posed to ecological systems and also populations reliant on these systems.


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