PoliMedia - Analysing Mediacoverage of political debates in newspapers, radio & television
Analysing media coverage of
political debates in newspapers,
radio & television
dr. Martijn Kleppe
Erasmus University Rotterdam
Current approach of research
Potential research questions
• How is a person, subject or process covered & visualised by the media?
• How do debates and arguments develop over a longer period of time?
• Analysing the changing ideas, arguments and presentation in different
Issues with current approach
+ =Too much
Issues with current approach
(No images +
Main research question
What choices do different media make in the coverage
of people and topics while reporting on debates in the
Dutch parliament since the first televised evening news
in 1956 until 1995?
Who? – The User
How? - Linking
How? - Interface
Dutch Hansard from 1945-1995 or
1. Transcripts are made of the complete debates of the Dutch
2. Published online by the government on
http://www.statengeneraaldigitaal.nl (1814 - 1995) and
http://officielebekendmakingen.nl (from 1995)
3. PoliticalMashup project has translated government pdf and
txt files into XML, incl URI’s as identifiers, see
4. We build on that.
• Newspaper articles
– at the National Library of the Netherlands
– Many newspapers 1950- 1995 (but not all
– Text + images of newspaper layout
– OCR’ed & downloadable
• Television Programs
– All sorts of television program of Dutch Public
Broadcasting, archived at Netherlands Institute for
Sound and Vision
– Academia.nl (subscription needed)
– Unclear which programs & time period
– Videoclips, no transcripts but only (limited)
– Not downloadable
• One entrance point for three media archives
• Previous research: clean & simple interface
with one search box
• Filters to explore the results
• Links to media items at the media archives
• (will be fully online in September at
o It works ;)
o 62% Recall and 75 % Precision
This is ok but it will never be 100%
o Eyetracking evaluation: users were satisfied in general
o Not able to make links to television items
- Dependency of metadata & unclear what is in the archive
- Food for future research
- AXES? (www.axes-project.eu)
o Aimed at qualitative research.
Exploring ways to do quantitative research:
Which politician is mentioned most often?
Which topic is dominant?
• Juric, D., Hollink, L., & Houben, G. (2013). Discovering links between political
debates and media. The 13th International Conference on Web Engineering
(ICWE’13). Aalborg, Denmark.
• Juric, D., Hollink, L., & Houben, G. (2012). Bringing parliamentary debates to the
Semantic Web. DeRiVE workshop on Detection, Representation, and Exploitation of
Events in the Semantic Web.
• Kemman, M. J., & Kleppe, M. (2013). PoliMedia - Improving Analyses of Radio, TV &
Newspaper Coverage of Political Debates. In T. Aalberg & E. Al. (Eds.), TPDL2013,
LCNS 8092 (pp. 409-412). Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg.
• Kemman, M. J., Kleppe, M., & Maarseveen, J. (2013). Eye Tracking the Use of a
Collapsible Facets Panel in a Search Interface. In T. Aalberg & E. Al. (Eds.),
TPDL2013, LCNS 8092 (pp. 405–408). Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg.