MIT Analyzes the Boston Marathon Bombings

In their latest investigation, Catherine D’Ignazio and researchers from the MIT Center for Civic Media turned their attention to media coverage of the Boston Marathon bombings. In this study, they looked at three weeks of news coverage from four different sources to see which media outlets paid attention to which crises in the weeks surrounding the attacks. Using CLAVIN, they were “able to yield up to 90% correct placement of news articles at the country level.” The write-up is here: How Close to Home? Crisis, Attention and Geographic Bias along with an interactive visualization.

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