Topic: Newsmakers

Chart shows VoiceShare of citizen newsmakers (percent of statements from citizens) in articles of the top ten print journalists (based on statement volume per journalist) with statements from candidates excluded from sample (red) and included (blue). Time Frame is Nov 1 – May 15.

High Profile Journalists Disregard Citizens

Statements from citizen newsmakers only make up more than 25% of statements in articles from four of the top ten journalists when candidate statements are excluded. Aaron Gould Sheinin of…

Word Cloud displays top 50 words used by Mitt Romney in statements where he speaks positively about himself. Time frame is Nov 1 – May 15.

Positive Reinforcement from Obama and Romney

When Mitt Romney speaks positively about himself, there is evidence that he frequently stresses his experience in the private sector and his ability to improve the economy. The words “economy”,…

Chart shows top 10 topics with sentiment distribution that citizen newsmakers have toward Barack Obama. Time Frame is April 11 – May 15.

Obama Won Citizen Backing With Gay Marriage Endorsment

Since Santorum dropped out of the race on April 10, statements from citizen newsmakers about Obama have concerned his personality and background (Character) more than other issues. 23% of statements…

Chart shows distribution of topic and sentiment of statements by the Obama campaign. Includes statements from Barack Obama. Time frame is April 13-May 11.

Obama Campaign Stokes Fire on Social Issues

In our last post, “The Effect of Obama’s Gay Marriage Endorsement”, we discussed how Biden and Obama’s announcements on gay marriage brought Social Issues discussion back into focus, causing a…

Chart shows percentage of statements from Republican, Democratic, and Nonpartisan newsmakers. Time frame is January 10- May 9.

Nonpartisans Dominate Election Coverage

On April 19, we wrote a post called “Democratic Voices Enter the Fray” which showed that percentage of statements from democratic newsmakers began to increase in late February when Mitt…

Chart shows VoiceShare of Men and Women newsmakers. ‘Other’ represents statements from organizations or groups that have been labeled as a single newsmaker.  Excludes statements from Presidential candidates.  January 2 – May 4.

Where are the Female Voices?

In print, radio and television media, female newsmakers are dramatically under-represented. In all three mediums, male newsmakers make up around 70% of the statements and females hover in the 20%…

Chart shows VoiceShare percentage of Obama and Romney from January 2-May 1

Obama’s Rising Influence

In the final weeks of February and in early March, Obama’s VoiceShare was just pushing 10%. However, his VoiceShare has steadily increased since that point and last week he reached…

Chart shows sentiment distribution of statements Positive to Romney and Negative to Obama, from Mitt Romney between the dates of March 30-April 26.

Romney Increases Anti-Obama Sentiment

Since Rick Santorum dropped out of the race on April 10, Mitt Romney has become very negative toward Obama on the Economy. From April 6-8, before Santorum dropped out, only…

Santorum Enjoyed Three Spikes in Coverage

Citizens Give Santorum Visibility

We have spent the last few days comparing 4thEstate results to the results of the Pew Research Center Project for Excellence in Journalism’s (PEJ) study on “How the Media Covered…

Chart Shows Message and Sentiment of Obama Campaign Staffers (excludes Obama). March 24-April 20.

Obama Campaign Staff Hones In On Romney

In the past 30 days, the Obama campaign has awoken after a drawn out Republican primary that will see Mitt Romney as the GOP nominee.  With a target defined, the…

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