CUNY Community Media Explorations
Media Cloud has partnered with the City University of New York’s Center for Community Media on several different media analysis projects in recent years, producing insightful and relevant findings on community-level media ecosystems.
RedditMap.Social: A novel map of Reddit based on user clustering
The University of Massachusetts Amherst part of our team, within the Initiative for Digital Public Infrastructure, set out to explore a different type of media ecosystem through mapping the social media platform Reddit. This endeavor is a part of a long-standing project, supported by the Knight First Amendment Foundation, to map the wide landscape of all social media online.
Capturing News Hyperlinking Practices at Scale: A global computational study of hyperlinking within news production
Media Cloud’s data and tooling provides a perfect opportunity to study global trends in news production. For this study, we were particularly interested in hyperlinking practices in news, and how they differed in different media markets globally.
Digital Health Communication and Global Public Influence: A Study of the Ebola Epidemic
During the Ebola epidemic, experts initially saw misinformation as the sole influencer of public perception, but new research shows a more complex relationship. The networked public sphere actively shapes health communication, affecting policy responses and resource allocation, which this study explores for modern health communication.
Breitbart-led right-wing media ecosystem altered broader media agenda
The 2016 presidential election witnessed a transformative shift in American politics, partly attributed to a right-wing media network, primarily Breitbart, which used social media to propagate a hyper-partisan perspective, significantly impacting both conservative media and broader coverage, notably regarding Hillary Clinton.
The Role of the Networked Public Sphere in the U.S. Net Neutrality Policy Debate
This article examines the public debate over net neutrality in the United States in 2014. We compiled, mapped, and analyzed more than 15,600 stories published on net neutrality, augmented by data from Twitter, Bitly, and Google Trends.
Blogs as an Alternative Public Sphere: The Role of Blogs, Mainstream Media, and TV in Russia's Media Ecology
Applying a combination of quantitative and qualitative methods, we investigate whether Russian blogs represent an alternative public sphere distinct from web-based Russian government information sources and the mainstream media.
Large-Scale Topical Analysis of Multiple Online News Sources With Media Cloud
Identifying topics in news, tracking their temporal dynamics, and understanding how different media sources cover them have important theoretical and practical implications for journalism researchers, producers, and consumers.
The Battle for ‘Trayvon Martin’: Mapping a Media Controversy on- and Offline
One of the biggest news stories of 2012, the killing of Trayvon Martin, nearly disappeared from public view, initially receiving only cursory local news coverage. But the story gained attention and controversy over Martin’s death dominated headlines, airwaves, and Twitter for months, thanks to a savvy publicist working on behalf of the victim’s parents and a series of campaigns off–line and online.
Social Mobilization and the Networked Public Sphere: Mapping the SOPA-PIPA Debate
This paper uses a new set of online research tools to develop a detailed study of the public debate over proposed legislation in the United States designed to give prosecutors and copyright holders new tools to pursue suspected online copyright violations.