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Media Topics: A Dynamic Network Visualization

Topics in Mainstream Media:
A Dynamic Network Visualization

My doctoral dissertation (defended a few months back) studies a dynamic network of news outlets and the topics they cover over time. It implements a measure of media fragmentation and uses actor-based modeling to evaluate the impact of economic, political, organizational, and structural forces on certain properties of the media agenda. The key factors I look into include popularity, ownership, …

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NCA 2012 Political Efficacy Feat

Political Efficacy on the Internet: A Media System Dependency Approach

Just presented at the NCA 2012 Convention, Orlando FL, Top Papers in Political Communication panel. This study takes an MSD approach to look at the impact of the Internet on political efficacy. The results show that online political efficacy is associated with the perceived comprehensiveness and credibility of online news. Efficacy is also linked to the ability of online tools …

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FCC Critical Information Needs of the American Public

Our FCC Briefing: Critical Information Needs of the American Public

In the last few months, I’ve been working with a great team of scholars putting together a study commissioned by the FCC. The project provides a critical review of existing research on the information needs of communities in the US. Major points include defining individual and community critical needs, examining the extent to which they are served by local media …

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AcademicRSS Feat

Communication, Networks, and Visualization RSS Feed Bundles

If like me you’re getting most of your daily news from RSS, you may find this post helpful. Google Reader allows its users to put together and share bundles of feeds. Here are a few useful thematic collections of academic and blog RSS streams. You can find more of my bundles on communication, media, technology and data visualization here.

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MediaNets

Actors and Links in the Media System:
Taking a Network Perspective

Exploring the structure of relationships between news organizations, issues, and audience members is key to understanding the media system.  The paper I’m posting here (just presented at ICA 2011, Boston) looks into a range of network types available to media researchers: inter-organizational, semantic, issue, hyperlink, and social graphs. It discusses important predictors of tie formation and dissolution – and the theoretical …

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Alhambra Featured

New Media & Civic Engagement

The Alhambra project is a collaboration between Metamorphosis and the USC Annenberg Journalism School. The project looks at the potential of new media to promote civic engagement and intergroup interactions. The product of it all – Alhambra Source – is a community news website serving a diverse city in LA County. The quick visual overview of the project that Nancy …

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FutureJournalism Featured

The Future of Journalism:
A Network Visualization

This semantic map takes a cue from Chris Anderson‘s The-Future-of-Journalism visualization post @ Nieman Lab. CWA makes the fair point that any time we see a dramatic event / scientific discovery /technological innovation occurring, someone will invariably cry out “Oh, but what could that possibly mean for journalism?”. The network below is based on data from online sources that have …

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