Topic : citizens

Chart shows distribution of topics discussed by citizen newsmakers. Time frame is Nov 1 – May 15.

Citizens Look For Candidate Personality

Citizen newsmakers discuss candidate personality (Character) over 33% of the time when quoted. Discussion of poll position and horse race (Position), takes up only 15% or citizen statements. The top…

Word cloud displays top 50 words used in statements by citizen newsmakers since Santorum dropped out and Romney became the presumptive nominee. Time Frame is April 11 – May 24.

Citizen Lexicon Evolves in General Election

During the GOP Primary, language used by citizen newsmakers was very candidate-centric. Instead of discussing policy issues, citizens were focused on the personalities of the candidates. The prominence of the…

Chart shows percentage of statements from Citizen newsmakers about Candidate Character (orange) and Social Issues (red). Time frame is January 2 – May 15.

Gay Marriage Riles Citizen Newsmakers

For the duration of the GOP Primary, citizen newsmakers discussed candidate Character (orange) more than any other message on a consistent basis. It has been a constant theme that the…

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

Citizens Lack Voice Among Top Newspapers

Including candidate statements (blue), citizen VoiceShare does not rise above 20%, hovering just above 10% for the majority of the top newspapers. The worst offender among top newspapers is the…

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…

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…

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…

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