What have you read this week? And what did you miss? Are you getting the coverage of local, international, political, and sports stories you want or need?
The Center for Civic Media, under the leadership of Martin Zucker, is embarking on a project to build a media tracking platform to empower the individual, and news providers themselves, to see what they’re getting and what they’re missing in their daily consumption and production of media.
MediaMeter our suite of tools for quantitative text analysis of media coverage. Most of our tools are built on top of the MediaCloud online news database.
The Dashboard shows simplified widgets to give a quick overview of an issue’s media coverage and let you identify interesting trends for more in-depth analysis. You can query the MediaCloud database by specifying media sources, a date range, and some keywords to look for.
CLIFF is our entity extraction and geoparsing tool tuned for news articles. CLIFF parses raw text and pulls out people, organizations and places mentioned. We use CLIFF to tag articles in the MediaCloud database with places they mention, but you can use it for whatever you want.
MediaMeter Word Counter
Word Counter is a simple site that tells you what words and phrases are used most often in some text you upload. We use it to introduce students in classes to quantitative text analysis.